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BBW writes to British Airline Pilots Association over “false assertions” on body-scanner safety

Balpa125 Further to the news yesterday that the largest association of pilots has announced a boycott of full body scanners at airports, BBW Director Alex Deane has written to the Chairman of the British Airline Pilots Association Capital Mark Serle calling on him to join his US colleagues in their boycott.

In his letter, Deane says:

"You no doubt know that your colleagues in the Allied Pilots Association have issued guidelines recommending that their members do not submit themselves to body scanners.

"I was dismayed to see your Association issue blithe assurances in the media yesterday that the scanners were safe.

"While our American friends are now discussing this issue openly, the British media remains unwilling to engage with this serious issue because of the false reassurance gained by the approach you have adopted"

Click here to download a PDF of Alex's letter.

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7 Responses to BBW writes to British Airline Pilots Association over “false assertions” on body-scanner safety

  1. Paul Dean

    You write “You know doubt know…” and expect them to read further?

  2. Alex Deane

    Ahem. Typo wasn’t in the letter itself :)

  3. frankie

    I think a mass turn up at the airport naked campaign to highlight these scanners would be in order…

  4. Denise A Beresford

    I have written so many emails in the last couple of weeks to so many different parties e.g. all news channels, the DfT, all newspapers and the prime minister. None have replied to date. I have tried as coherently as possible to inform them of my dispair as my husband (of 27 years) will now be taking our son on holiday on his own in February. Our first holiday apart in 33 years of being together. All because I know I could not go through one of the scanners knowing the image that will be being viewed by god knows who and we can’t afford to gamble as to wether I would be chosen or not. I can no longer travel by air. I have expressed my disappointment that the media are too interested in which footballer is sleeping with who and in what is goig on in the X factor to really care what is happening to the most basic of our rights in the privacy to our bodies. I have called on them to raise the issue so that the public can see and really understand what is happening and how much they are giving up. Surely it’s the last barrier and if it has to be broken down by officialdom just to allow us to go about our daily lives, then our government has made some serious errors elsewhere.
    The students have protested today and whilst I find the violence unacceptable I can understand the frustration that caused it. A better way to raise the issue would be for everyone thinking of going to university (who would be subjected to these costs) to delay going by a year. The universities would then have no funding and no students and if the students hadn’t got jobs then the government would have to pay them benefits. Hit them in the pocket (not people or buildings) that’s where it really hurts. Then likewise we should all refuse to fly whilst we continue to be subjected to the degrading treatment now being given out. No passenger (or fewer passengers); less income for the airlines; less income for the airport authority;less income for the travel companies (who I’ve just thought I could also writeto) objections from each; hit them in the pocket, get them where they really will feel it.
    I feel a desparate need to do something about this situation, but one 49 year old woman on her own isn’t going to make alot of difference. I feel like becoming a suffragette and chaining myself to Downing Street’s railings! Writing emails to all and sundry and venting my feelings here only relieves the tension for so long. HELP!

  5. saynotobodyscanners

    @Denise A Beresford – you are not alone. We no longer fly because of the body scanners and loss of our rights to privacy etc. As you say, a lot of business depends on people travelling by air – it is a pity that many are so willing to give up the rights that others fought so hard to get in years gone by.

  6. Natly

    Can you get a refund on your ticket in the UK if you are singled out for the scan and refuse? Or will they actually arrest you and never let you fly again? I really want some information about the situation here in the UK and what my rights are if they try and force me into that machine.

  7. Baird

    I go abroad to get away from the drink as much as you can culture in this country all-inclusive drink until your sick holidays have no appeal to me.

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