Air passengers face new pre-flight crackdown as security chiefs 'profile' high-risk travellers
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:17 AM on 2nd November 2010
Airline bosses have raised fears passengers could be subjected to 'ludicrous' new security checks in the wake of the cargo plane bomb plot.
The chief executive of Europe's biggest short-haul airline said 'pandering' to terrorists would create more costly and time-sapping security measures for the industry.
It emerged today that millions of air travellers face sweeping new security tests, including passenger profiling and checks against a secret watchlist.
Searches could be carried out according to race, ethnicity, age and gender – a move certain to anger civil rights groups fearing Muslims will be disproportionately targeted.
The examinations will also check for criminal convictions, immigration problems and links to terror suspects.
But Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary warned against overreacting: ‘Every time we have a terrorist scare, the first thing that goes out the window is common sense,’ he said.
‘We in the aviation industry are all for effective security measures such as taking knives off passengers, but we are all opposed to ludicrous and ineffective measures.’
Mr O’Leary added that 'pandering' to terrorists would create more costly and time-sapping security measures for the industry.
'They are laughing away in their caves at the prime minister and his security team meeting to discuss printer cartridges,' Mr O'Leary, said.
The new checks, which could be introduced before the Christmas holiday rush, emerged as a US official revealed that similar suspect packages were intercepted in September in what is believed to have been a 'dry run' for for last week's ink bomb plot...
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