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Will the grope lobby thwart better air safety?

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UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson said that London’s Heathrow would get body scanners this month to step up safety. Amsterdam’s airport operator made a similar announcement on Monday and others in Europe could follow.

That will go down like a lead balloon with the European Parliament, whose grope-fond members last year thwarted efforts to push ahead with more thorough passenger screening.

The MEPs fretted that travellers would oppose the privacy invasion of an X-ray or scan and flagged possible health risks, thus producing two juicy excuses for inaction.

Germany’s then home affairs minister Wolfgang Schauble said he didn’t want police to be accused of voyeurism, a view akin to halting neighbourhood patrols to avoid the appearance of loitering.

BAA airport sell-off: consumer boost or weak compromise?

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The Competition Commission has ordered airport operator BAA to sell Stansted and either Edinburgh or Glasgow aiport, once it has completed the sale of Gatwick. The commission has been looking into BAA’s dominance of airports in Scotland and England’s south-east for two years and decided that the lack of competition between airports has been detrimental to passengers.

The commission’s final report also recommends that the airports be sold within two years and that they be sold in sequence, starting with Gatwick.

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