UK Liberty

Airport staff another stumbling block to ID scheme

Posted in ID Cards, politicians on liberty by ukliberty on September 25, 2008

The Financial Times:

Talks over the summer have failed to resolve the deadlock over plans for an accelerated introduction of identity cards to airport staff, the Financial Times has learnt – a situation that threatens to derail government efforts to push ahead with a national roll-out.

The news comes as ministers on Thursday plan to rebuild momentum by unveiling the design of the first ID card, which will be issued to foreign nationals applying for further leave to remain in the UK from November.

On Wednesday the British Air Transport Association said it was calling on the government to postpone the planned roll-out of the scheme over the next year.

…“Our position remains that we do not see the ID scheme bringing any security or business benefits. All we see is it bringing additional problems and costs,” Roger Wiltshire, Bata’s secretary-general told the FT.

As you can read in the article, more concerns were raised by the chief executive of the Airport Operators Association, the British Airline Pilots Assocation, and the TUC.

Good stuff.  Hopefully objectors to the scheme will continue to increase in number and voice their opposition.


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