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TERRORISM: UK's airline blacklist published

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posted on Jan, 8 2004 @ 12:59 PM
The UK has officailly banned eight countries from using their airspace. Aircraft from countries such as Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Liberia and Tajikistan have all been banned. Some airlines of note are Sierra Leone's Star Air and Air Universal, Cameroon Airlines, Albanian Airlines and Central Air Express, from DR Congo.

It seems that the Swiss had banned Flash airlines, the company operating the plane which crashed off the coast of Egypt last week.

Transport Minister Tony McNulty has published that the UK has a "rigorous safety regime" when it came to air travel. If this decision will fall under major scrutiny, still remains to be seen.

Similar to a decision by the United States to go after people that trained in Al Qaeda camps in Afganistan, for what they might one-day do, the UK has decided to ban these airlines for reasons of possible future threat. People around the world were upset and outraged by the thought of legally going after someone that only had spent time in Afganistan with Bin Laden. How will the reaction fair banning airlines that might not even be a credible threat? Time will tell.

Full BBC story:

[Edited on 8-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]

posted on Jan, 8 2004 @ 05:58 PM
This has nothing to do with terrorism, those airlines had previously failed safety checks and are not permitted in the UK airspace because they are not up to safety standards.

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