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User currently offlineScouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3397 posts, RR: 9
Posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2934 times:

Whilst we're all being pressured into beleiving that aviation is at the root of everything that's bad in the world let's let everyone believe that it's helping criminals too:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7293365.stm

Well actually it's lax border controls that are helping criminals but hey, don't let that spoil the story!

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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19927 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2925 times:

OK, that has to be the DUMBEST thing I've ever read.

And I've read some dumb things.


User currently offlineCaribillo From Spain, joined Jul 2006, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2870 times:

BRILLIANT!

Has anybody thought that "criminals cuold use the best possible way to evade justice?

New for me!



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User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7690 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2693 times:

Clearly higher air fares will deter poor criminals.

The big criminals fly by bizjet anyway.


User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3240 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2568 times:

Oh please. This is someone trying to get cheap publicity ahead of the opening of Terminal 5 at LHR and by extension criticise the growth of air travel. Criminal activity began long before any flights took place - let alone low-cost flights. Bennett123 is very correct here too.

As much as people come down hard on the aviation industry it is a vital part of modern life and the world's economy would collapse if every jetliner were grounded at once.

TrinToCan.



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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2560 times:

So, it's CHEAP AIR FARES causing criminals to flee...

Thankfully Europe doesn't have trains or automobiles that are convenient, cheap, and international...

This has to be dumber than the morons in California (okay, ALL NIMBY's) who move their children to the most automobile-polluted and gridlocked cities but decry one airplane as the root of all evil.

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User currently offlineMoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 4011 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2540 times:

Breaking news: Cheap pens help Criminals! Ban the Bic biro!

User currently offlineBHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2444 times:

This guy is a Chief Constable, so you'd think he'd have a bit more sense.

Of course since EZY launched LPL FAO, the instances of hubcap theft in the Algarve has increased exponentially!  duck 



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User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2414 times:



Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 3):
The big criminals fly by bizjet anyway.



They sure do!


User currently offlineTravellin'man From United States of America, joined May 2001, 530 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2373 times:

Cheap food is helping criminals out too. Ban the stuff!!!


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2369 times:

I believe the term "grasping at straws" applies here. I don't think the costs of flights has a thing to do with it, and as it was previously noted:

Quoting Scouseflyer (Thread starter):
Well actually it's lax border controls that are helping criminals but hey, don't let that spoil the story!

Blaming the airline industry is more likely to garner press coverage over there than blaming border control issues, as bashing airlines is in vogue these days. I guess folks want to make others feel guilty for doing things.


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7710 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2241 times:

It seems as though the cheap flights aspect of the story has been played up by the author of this article. The main complaint from the Chief Constable is that the European Arrest Warrant, whilst an improvement on previous provisions, does not give wide enough scope to return wanted criminals from other European countries. He goes on to suggest that low-cost air travel has made it easier for criminals to hop around Europe. Well, it has sure made it easier for me to do that - so I would imagine the same applies to these rogues. I don't think it could be reasonably argued that he has in some way directly 'blamed' the air industry for the problems mentioned.

Quoting Trintocan (Reply 4):
This is someone trying to get cheap publicity ahead of the opening of Terminal 5 at LHR and by extension criticise the growth of air travel

I don't see that. He has not criticised the growth of air travel per se, but particular issues he perceives to be related to it to some extent. As for Terminal 5, it is irrelevant to this article and indeed does not even get a mention.

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 5):
Thankfully Europe doesn't have trains or automobiles that are convenient, cheap, and international...

Trains maybe - still usually cheaper to fly. Cars - seen the price of petrol in the UK recently?

Quoting Scouseflyer (Thread starter):
Well actually it's lax border controls that are helping criminals but hey, don't let that spoil the story!

That's certainly one issue, not the only one.

My main conclusions: A hyped-up story with a ridiculous headline that detracts from the actual point at hand.



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