Saturday, September 26, 2009
English passengers arriving at Scottish airports on internal flights are being forced to show their passports, it has been revealed.
Scottish police have confirmed that they are carrying out routine passport checks on passengers when they disembark from a domestic flight under terrorism laws.
The practice came to light when shadow home secretary Chris Grayling was among those ordered to show his passport when he arrived at Glasgow’s Prestwick Airport on Wednesday.
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Mr Grayling condemned the practice and said it would ‘heighten concerns about civil liberties’.
He said: ‘It is utterly and completely unacceptable for any police force to be doing routine identity checks on passengers travelling within the UK.
‘Do we want to end up with border check points at Gretna Green?
‘Of course we need security but there has to be a balance.’
This article was posted: Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 5:39 am