Airports: Security

Transport written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Liberal Democrat, Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers went through airport security in Great Britain in the last 12 months; how many of them had their hold luggage searched by hand; and how many (a) arrests, (b) charges and (c) convictions arose from these searches.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The National Aviation Security Programme requires that all passengers departing from a UK airport must pass through security and their cabin and hold baggage must be screened prior to being allowed on to an aircraft. The Government do not maintain any records of the number of passengers passing through security or how many had their hold baggage hand searched or any consequences arising from this.

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