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grundle
05-19-08, 09:06 AM
In my opinion, this makes the airport less safe.

What do you think?


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=566734&in_page_id=1770&ct=5

Revealed: Afghan plane hijacker is now working as a cleaner at Heathrow

By SAM GREENHILL - More by this author Last updated at 01:01am on 17th May 2008

Airport security was condemned as a joke after an Afghan involved in the Stansted hijacking was found to be working at Heathrow as a cleaner.

Police arrested Nazamuddin Mohammidy at Terminal 5 where he showed his British Airways pass allowing him access to secure areas.

The Tories said it was a breathtaking breach of security and demanded immediate action from the Government.

Mohammidy, 34, was one of nine Afghans who won the right to live in Britain after hijacking a passenger flight in Afghanistan in 2000. The Boeing 727 was flown to Stansted in Essex where the captors threatened to kill the 160 passengers unless they were granted asylum.

The gang was jailed but later released and given the right to remain in Britain rent-free, receiving 150,000 a year in benefits.

It emerged police pulled over Mohammidy as he was driving round Terminal 5 because they thought he was an unlicensed cab driver. He told them he worked at the airport and they were stunned when they checked out his story and found he was a former hijacker.

Mohammidy works for a contractor used by British Airways to clean its offices and training centre at Heathrow.

The airline insisted he did not have an "airside" pass which would let him near planes, but his BA credentials did grant him access to restricted areas, it is understood.

Yesterday Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said: "It is clear the Government do not have a grip on airport security.

"This individual should patently not be permitted access to secure locations at our airports, and immediate checks must be made on all other employees."

Tory aviation-spokesman Julian Brazier has written to Transport Minister Jim Fitzpatrick describing the breach as "beyond parody."

After police pulled in Mohammidy at Terminal 5, they also discovered he was in breach of bail conditions over an assault charge.

He is accused of beating up a former landlord and is due before magistrates on Monday.

Earlier this week Mohammidy, who has been living in Hounslow, West London, appeared in court over the bail breach but magistrates in Uxbridge bailed him again.

Scotland Yard confirmed the incident in which he was stopped at Heathrow.

A spokesman said: "In December 2007 officers stopped and searched a man under section 44 of the Terrorism Act at Terminal 5. Inquiries revealed he was in breach of bail."

British Airways said in a statement: "We have been helping the police with their inquiries into a man who is employed by our cleaning contractors. He does not work at the airport and does not hold an airside pass. He works at one of our properties about a mile away."

The Bus
05-19-08, 09:48 AM
You are aware that the UK government does not own or operate British Airways, correct?

Groucho
05-19-08, 10:04 AM
More safe. Who better to help find problems in airport security than a former terrorist?

wendersfan
05-19-08, 10:05 AM
You are aware that the UK government does not own or operate British Airways, correct?So what you're saying is that <b>grundle</b> is arguing for the government stepping in and regulating private enterprise? But I thought that was <i>wrong...</i> :hscratch:

grundle
05-19-08, 10:22 AM
You are aware that the UK government does not own or operate British Airways, correct?


Of course I'm not aware of it. This is me that we are talking about.

grundle
05-19-08, 10:23 AM
I edited "govt" out of the heading, so now it's accurate.

grundle
05-19-08, 10:27 AM
More safe. Who better to help find problems in airport security than a former terrorist?


There's a TV series on the Discovery Channel called "It Takes A Thief." The show is hosted by real life professional burglars.

I recently added the following to its wikipedia article:



http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=It_Takes_a_Thief_%282005_TV_series%29&oldid=213339781

It Takes a Thief is an educational television series that teaches viewers how to commit burglary.



Even though my sentence was true, someone erased it.

The Bus
05-19-08, 10:28 AM
Even though my sentence was true, someone erased it.

The series taught people how to prevent burglary, more than anything.

Jason
05-19-08, 05:00 PM
More safe. Who better to help find problems in airport security than a former terrorist?

Well, this is the same kind of silly logic they use when computer security companies hire hackers...

fujishig
05-19-08, 07:47 PM
Wait, why were they all released and then allowed to live in Britain rent-free?

Tuan Jim
05-19-08, 08:00 PM
Wait, why were they all released and then allowed to live in Britain rent-free?

I've read several articles on this guy but none of them have specified any real reason.

I can only speculate - this being the UK we're talking about - that he was released although guilty for the same reason that Abu Qatada ("The mouthpiece of Al Qaeda in the UK") was released by the UK gov't although he had already been convicted, because they *couldn't* deport him to a place where he *might* get tortured or get convicted separately based on testimony obtained by torture - despite having received a memorandum of understanding from that other govt (Jordan) that such a thing wouldn't happen.

(man. that's probably a run-on sentence, but it sure was fun ;p )

bhk
05-19-08, 08:06 PM
He needs to sue British Airways for not giving benefits to his 4 wives.

grundle
05-20-08, 08:31 PM
Wait, why were they all released and then allowed to live in Britain rent-free?


Because the UK government believe that criminals should be rewarded instead of punished.

Tuan Jim
05-21-08, 05:05 AM
Because the UK government believe that criminals should be rewarded instead of punished.

Unless you're a white, Christian man who's already helped your local police arrest several Pakistani drug trafficers -- then you're up for grabs the first time someone complains about your website "inciting" hate.


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