I called Prestwick Airport who were unable to comment as the woman I spoke with had no knowledge of the event. She kindly passed me the immigration number (interesting, I thought, when this should not be relevant) to contact. Upon speaking with immigration I was advised the standard blurb that passports are used by airlines as a form of I.D. I replied with the details found, omitting whom the parties in question were but noting that I may be traveling and was curious. The gentleman replied that perhaps this was due to the other powers of stop and question as the police may have been looking for someone. My reply seemed to dumb-found him as I noted that these people were in point of fact M.P.s He provided me with the Strathclyde police number 01292 511 234 having first noted providing me with a switchboard number. I asked if this would be for the same Strathclyde police that operate out of the airport but he seemed less forthright at that point.
As the immigration official agrees, there is no other reason for such action I would be curious as to why the parties in question submitted to it without question.
"Whats the Laland or Gaelic for Ausweiss Bitte. "
No idea about Lallans but Gaelic would go something along the lines of "Càirt-siubhail, mas e do thoil e."
So why are our brave Parliamentarians submitting to the Police again ?
Emails from LPUK sent to Alan Johnson MP Home Secretary, UKBC and StrathClyde Police asking for an explanation
I have just had a stroppy inspector on from Strathcyde in response to our email *
Whats the problem with showing your passports
I know nothing about this
Are you upset because you are English
I'm not scared of politicians
There must have been a security operation on
They would have been asked professionally and politely
What is the Law on showing your ID to the Polis when asked then ?
If you have got a broken window I can help
You are better off contacting Pitt Street Glasgow, because I can't help you
* My notes when I managed to get word in edgewise
They are out of control
Meanwhile the thought Police have been busy
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Prestwick Airport has told police it is being charged too much for security and is locked in a bitter dispute over the fees, the Scotsman reports. All other major Scottish airports have now signed deals with police, but low-cost Prestwick remains in dispute. The airport is challenging Strathclyde Police over the cost of extra officers and patrols in the wake of the Glasgow attacks.
According to the newspaper, the rift between the two sides is so deep the matter has been referred to the Department for Transport's security wing, Transec, for mediation. However, it adds that the row relates to as few as two extra officers and staffing and other costs in the region of £100,000.
A spokesman for Prestwick Airport told the Scotsman: ‘There are ongoing discussions between the airport and Strathclyde Police with a view to updating the terms of the current agreement and policing arrangements going forward.’ A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said: ‘This matter is ongoing and has been the subject of recent dialogue with the airport operators and Transec.’"
Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 has been mentioned....this may have some provisions for "examining persons" at airports but there's a whole raft of guidance on how this is to be conducted.