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Aviation: Passengers

Volume 711: debated on Wednesday 3 June 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 11 May (WA 154), under what powers air carriers ask for proof of identity of passengers flying between Northern Ireland and Great Britain; whether the Government or the police requested that they undertake such checks; and, if so, when. [HL3861]

Under the terms of the Aviation Security Act 1982, and as set out in the UK National Aviation Security Programme, airlines must ensure that for flights departing UK airports it is the same person who checked in hold baggage who then boards the aircraft. The Government do not specify how this should be achieved and airlines have introduced a variety of methods to achieve this.