Pilots plot air raid on Jacqui over ID cards
Compulsory cards not fair
Pilots organisation Balpa is considering legal action against the Home Office for forcing its members to carry ID cards.
As part of Wacky Jacqui's ID card trial airside workers and pilots at Manchester and City of London airports will have to carry the cards in order to get airside.
A spokesman for Balpa (the British Airline Pilots Association) said: "We're talking to lawyers now. When the law was passed by Parliament it was on the basis that carrying the cards would be voluntary - that will no longer be the case for pilots."
There are increasing rumours that the ID card scheme might get kicked into the long grass as a cost-cutting measure. A Tory victory at the next election is also meant to kill off the cards.
Balpa has already dismissed the cards as a security gimmick, and told managers at Manchester and City airports that its members would not carry the cards.
The UK's major airlines are also opposed to ID cards. They said of the trial: "The UK aviation industry is being used for political purposes on a project which has questionable public support."
The Home Office is also trialling the cards for foreign residents, but rather more slowly than planned - at the end of March it had issued 22,500 cards rather than the 40,000 to 50,000 it hoped to have out the door. ®
The new lads from lagos
Are the replacement airline pilots
All your takeoff slots belong to us.
Sack all the pilots who won't use the ID cards.
Import pilots from the 3rd world.
(Pay them less too)
We have ID card compliance!
What's a few fatal air crashes compared to having ID card compliance?
BALPA is not the usual trade union
Its the one Norman Tebbit was head of before taking up his various posts in the Thatcher governments. And having the IRA try to blow him up.
This is one of those notions that sound necessary for about 3 seconds. For anyone who thinks about it for longer they think it's complete nonsense.
Remember under her Wackine'ses original plan we would all be queing up these at the nationwide snoop offices set up for it (now whichever retail chain wins the contract for this project. Now will that be the full ID check queue or is that 6 items of ID or less?)
But remember its not just the card, its Wackie's *other* uberdatabase, the NIR that needs to be put down like the rabid dog it is.
Let's hope they can tie this up in the courts for a while. hence the thumbs up.