Transport Select Committee at TRANSEC


This morning The Transport Select Committee went to Transec (Transport Security and Contingencies Directorate) for a briefing on the current transport security situation, following the upping of the security risk to "severe".
There has been a lot of interest in the decision to make the use of body scanners compulsory.
This issue has been raised by a number of my constituents who are concerned about their privacy.
The Government's response has been that people do have a choice - you can go through the scanner or you can choose not to fly. Not much of a choice really, but at the meeting I asked what happened if a transit passenger came into Manchester or Heathrow and refused to go through the scanner. Clearly they couldn't choose not to fly because they were already in transit. No one was able to give me an answer.
I have submitted a couple of Parliamentary Questions to try and get some answers from the Secretary of State on this very issue and it will be interesting to see the response I get!

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