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Police secretly investigated the travel habits, family, friends and backgrounds of 47,000 innocent people last year after they bought plane tickets to fly into and out of Britain.
The flyers were singled out by the ‘terrorist detector’ database, introduced by Labour, monitoring millions of British tourists and other travellers.
Checks included scrutiny of the police national computer, financial records and analysis of ‘known associates’ before people were cleared for travel.
Originally posted by Copperflower
I suppose we all understand by now that this sort of thing goes on. I am simply glad we are being respected enough to be told the truth in a mature and somewhat forthcoming manner.
Knowing is always better than not knowing. That is probably the stance of those doing these background checks. Frankly, I feel it's worth it to take my flight, get there alive and walk away without being hijacked or exploded.
Since when does this basically public information trump simple safety checks against possible terrorists?
I agree that flagging someone for vegetarian meals is probably not very effective at targeting terrorists, but on the other hand, those who are vegetarians are not the ones I'm concerned about on my flight!
Some of us can handle a background check better than a terrorist taking over our flight, especially if he or she could have been stopped or delayed by such a check. This may not be a popular attitude, but when it's life or death at stake, priorities should be a bit more serious.