Airport security driving us to our cars
Saturday, 05 July 2008 12:54

An Automobile Association (AA) study has found that 75 per cent of us are intending to use our cars for travel to Europe to avoid the air travel costs and more significantly the stress caused by airport security.

Only 5 per cent consider the UK are a holiday destination on environmental grounds, while Londoners, city folk that they are, find driving less stressful.

Airport security has become very intrusive and stressful. Despite assurances from Gordon Brown saying that we would be able to take two carry-on bags onto aircraft there is no sign of this happening. Gronod Clown was looking for good news to announce, the reality is that security staff still hassle passengers who have even a purse or small camera as well as a bag. This is unacceptable in a free society.

The government response to what are single incidents has been out of all proportion to the real or perceived threat. In reality the government is the bigger threat. To put things into perspective, at the time of writing (July 2008) 18 young people have been knifed to death on the streets of London alone - and that does not count all the other slayings in London and the rest of the UK.

There are no restrictions on what passengers can take onto buses or trains so what is different about aircraft? A fire on a train, particularly as it enters a long tunnel is devastating, with little chance of survival, yet the governments takes no steps to stop us taking our baggage onto trains.

What we see is muddled thinking and more likely the UK government doing what it is asked by George bush.

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