Child Protection Laws Weaken Airport Security

by Ella FAIRCHILD on January 6, 2010

In the aftermath of the failed Christmas day bombing attempt on a Trans-Atlantic flight headed for Detroit, the airports of the world, especially in the United States and Britain, have had to once again re-think their security measures.   This is not the first time that a failed attack has caused the restructure of airport security.  People might recall how the shoe bomber forced airports to make passengers remove their shoes, or more recently how three men planned to use liquid explosions to blow up a plane which led to a limit on the amount of liquids that can be brought aboard a flight.  As the world reacts to the most recent attack, there are some laws which may prevent security from doing a complete job.

One of the plans initiated by American and British airports is to do full body scans, pat downs, and possibly even add full body x-ray scanners that can see through anything.  While most people expect increased delays and additional security and are prepared for it, there is one group of people who pose a problem to security officials who are trying to do their job.  This group is children, as British child protection laws prevent minors from being patted down, and also prevent images of the child to be passed around.  While these laws may protect children, they might also give a window of opportunity to terrorists who might try to use children to sneak something onto an airplane.

Airport authorities claim that some are misinterpreting the intention of the law and that all of their security officials undergo background checks.

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