Clause 78 - Aviation security directions etc

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:15 pm on 8th March 2012.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport 1:15 pm, 8th March 2012

I would like to give some reassurance. As we will discuss in considering the next set of amendments, it is vital that disabled people be treated with dignity and respect, whether during the security process or in relation to anything else at the airport. It is important, however, that they be subject to the appropriate security checks, both for their safety and that of other passengers. If any group receives special, lighter treatment, it makes them a target for terrorists who might seek to blackmail them into taking explosive devices on planes.