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The United States is making excessive demands for airline passenger screening, including measures it doesn’t require on U.S. domestic flights, the chairman of British Airways says.
Martin Broughton complained specifically about separate checks of laptop computers and forcing people to take off their shoes for checking, saying that such measures are “completely redundant,” the Financial Times reported Wednesday.
Broughton aired his complaint Tuesday at the annual conference of the U.K. Airport Operators Association. British Airways said the report was accurate, but it does not have a text of the chairman’s remarks.
“America does not do internally a lot of the things they demand that we do,” Broughton was quoted as saying.
“We shouldn’t stand for that. We should say, ‘We’ll only do things which we consider to be essential and that you Americans also consider essential.’”
Broughton added that British authorities should not “kowtow to the Americans every time they wanted something done.”
“We all know there’s quite a number of elements in the security program which are completely redundant and they should be sort out,” he was quoted as saying.
“Take the iPad: They still haven’t decided if it is a laptop or it isn’t a laptop. So some airports think you should take it out and some think you shouldn’t,” Broughton said.
Colin Matthews, chief executive of BAA PLC, which owns Heathrow airport, says security is subject to regulations set by U.S., European and domestic authorities.
“There are some aspects which have been frustrating to everyone, but equally everyone understands we have to keep the passenger safe,” Matthews said in an interview with British Broadcasting Corp. radio.
Alan West, the security minister in the previous British government, supported Broughton’s complaint and said a multinational agreement could make the checks “much less onerous.”
“We have had requirement on requirement laid on top of each other, and certainly I need to be convinced about all these various layers,” West told the BBC.
“I do think it does need to be rationalized because I think we have gone too far. There are too many layers, too much inconsistency,” West said.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.