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Repeal Schedule 7 airport interrogations

Comment 4th August 2010

Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 gives officers the ability to stop, detain and question passengers leaving and entering ports and airports in the UK without any suspicion of their involvement in terrorism.

It has led to deep unease amongst large numbers of people who have been subject to interview questions regarding their beliefs, acquaintances and everyday activities while travelling on holiday or business. Members of the public who do not cooperate can be subject to three months imprisonment, a £2,500 fine, or both.

Why does this matter?

The security services should be able to pursue legitimate intelligence-led terrorism related inquiries to ensure our safety. This should not however involve general fishing expeditions at sensitive times and locations. This special regime at airports should cease and so Schedule 7 should be repealed.

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