Edinburgh Napier News
The home office reported on 13th October that in 2010 to 2011, over 66,000 people were stopped and examined in border areas in Britain, under Section 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. There are no statistics on whether any arrests were made and the home office refused to comment. According to the Guardian on 26th May, people from ethnic minorities are 42 times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched.
Are there too many people being stopped at searched at airports and whether this had any effect on terrorism related arrests, also in terms of ethnic profiling and civil liberties. To answer this we talk to Gordon Robertson of BAA, at Edinburgh Airport. according to him, we need security checks but didn’t comment on ethnic profiling. We also talk to three members of the public, who say we don’t need unnecessary checks.