ID Cards? No thanks, say Airline Pilots…

February 16, 2009

Airline Pilots. Pretty sensible, well educated chaps, by all accounts. Now even they are telling the Government that their ID Card scheme is a pile of shit (at best) that they will have NO PART IN. They have refused to take part in the trials at Manchester and City of London airports. Good on them. Maybe other `intelligent` individuals and groups will start to question this insidious, underhand scam for what it is.

Rest of story as published on The Register,by John Oates, Feb 16th.–>

” The Home Office wants to trial the cards for airside workers at the two airports. Several UK airlines have already pointed out the dumbness of the dumb idea.

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has now written to management at both airports to inform them that pilots would not carry the cards.

Balpa said the cards would add nothing to security and that promises from the Home Office that carrying the cards would be voluntary had already been broken.

It said: “Promises that ID cards would be voluntary have been broken… The Association says that forcing pilots to have ID cards is an affront to the people who for years have been, and continue to be at the forefront in the battle against terrorist outrages.”

Balpa asked what would happen when the first staff member was sacked for not carrying an ID card. The group has also written to the government to warn of the difficulties that will ensue when pilots who refuse to register for the ID card lose their jobs.

A spokeswoman for the Identity and Passport Service said: “Identity cards will be mandatory for all airside workers, just as other pre-employment checks are today, so that the benefits from the Scheme can be realised across the aviation sector.

“We will work with each airport to agree exactly which employees would initially be subject to this requirement and how it would best be integrated into the pre-employment checking and pass issuing arrangements at that airport. ” ”

Indeed. When will this self-serving bunch of thieves hypocrites and liars get the message?

More from BALPA site here > http://www.balpa.org/News-and-campaigns/News/PILOTS-WARN-ON-ID-CARDS.aspx

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