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Will the grope lobby thwart better air safety?



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.

Terminal problems at Heathrow?


It has been touted as the answer to delays air travellers have been coping with at Heathrow but the chaotic start of business at the airport’s cavernous new Terminal 5 bodes ill for an end to passenger misery.

heathrowt5.jpgBut is Heathrow the worst? In the 2007 Skytrax World Airport Awards no British airport made the top 10, which instead included Hong Kong, Munich and Madrid airports.