The next question for British Airways should be: “Is political correctness in security screening practices putting the flying public at risk?”
“Four men including two British Airways employees arrested in ‘terror plot’ raids,” from the Daily Mail, March 3:
Three men were arrested in dawn raids this morning, taking to four the number being held over allegations of terrorism fundraising.
It follows the arrest on Thursday of a 30-year-old British Airways employee in Newcastle. A second BA staff member was among the group arrested this morning.
The three men, aged 31, 32 and 43, were seized by police at 5am today in Slough.
The men are now being questioned about a plot to fund a terrorist attack.
Police refused to clarify what positions the two BA employees had within the airline. Sources said the latest arrests were ‘significant’.
A spokesman for British Airways said: ‘An employee was arrested in Slough today. We take all matters relating to security extremely seriously and as a responsible company always fully cooperate with the police.
‘As with any issue relating to a police investigation it would be inappropriate to comment further.’
Scotland Yard said today: ‘Three men were arrested in Slough for alleged offences of terrorist fundraising. The men were arrested at separate addresses by officers from the South-East Counter Terrorism Unit. As part of a joint operation with the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, the men were taken to a central London police station.’
Members of the security services have been on increased alert after the failed Christmas Day bomb plot to blow up a jet over Detroit in the United States.
Former University of London student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is being held in the US over the attempt.