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BD Not Checking IDs?  
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19246 posts, RR: 52
Posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1623 times:

When I flew MAN-GLA on BD (ER4) on the 24th December, I was not asked for any form of I.D. at any point from checking-in for my flight to the departure of the aircraft. What if I was a terrorist? I could have been a new Muslim - and one which was extreme.

In contrast, I was asked twice on U2 (also on the 24th) - once at check-in and another whilst proceeding through the gate. This double procedure is standard for all U2 services.

On the GLA-MAN route yesterday (again with BD), I was asked for my I.D. once (at check-in).

Why does BD irregularly ask its passengers for their I.D.? It seems most odd, especially in today's hot security climate.


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User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1597 times:

Exactly the same thing happened to me with BD last year. I was very suprised and even questioned whether they needed to see some ID and was told no, i don't need to see that. It was a domestic flight, MAN-LHR but surely there's a security lapse somewhere given the fact they also gave me my return boarding cards too, meaning I could have given them to anyone and they would have freely walked onto the LHR-MAN flight without the need to check in.


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User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1549 times:

I am never asked for it on LHR-MAN-LHR trips with BD.

Always with U2 though... they are quite anal about these things. Good thing I suppose...



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19246 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

Perhaps the lack of not asking is indicative of the lack of security risk. But surely it would be sensible to execute the simple - and quick - precaution of asking every passenger for I.D., when terrorists could, theoretically, take control of the aircraft? Indeed, hijacking an aircraft from, for example, MAN to LHR could be totally disastrous (as most 'proper' crashes are). Perhaps the reason they don't implement such a measure is because they are informed, from the government, that there is little or not risk to them. But the UK is on the second-highest security alert, which suggests, at least to me, that there is the possibility of something happening and that everyone - including airlines - should take precautions.

I wonder what happens when an Arabian-looking person goes to check-in. I wonder if he or she would be asked for I.D.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19246 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

how is ID going to stop a terrorist?"

Well, if someone tries to check-in with an Afghan passport and a picture of OBL, the sure-fire conclusion is that the desk operator will recognise that he's sought-after.  Wink/being sarcastic



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1444 times:

And it would also mean that the people on the passenger lists for flights may not actually be the ones in the aircraft. That can't be a very good thing! I agree that asking for ID is not a significant part of airport security but its just suprising how the low cost carriers are so strict about ID on domestic flights and Bmi don't seem to care!


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