“Again, this is another example of EU interference which would cost the airline operators dearly and passenger privacy would also be sacrificed." - Mike Nattrass MEP
UKIP MEP Mike Nattrass
says EU plans to monitor airline passengers' conversations are plane crazy and would lead to soaring air travel ticket prices.
The West Midlands MEP, who is a member of the EU’s Transport & Tourism Committee, has criticised moves by interfering Brussels’ bureaucrats which could lead to the installation of hidden microphones on aeroplanes.
Civil liberties champion Privacy International has this week expressed strong opposition to the plans which will see Brussels funding research at Reading University looking into how passengers’ actions and behaviour can be monitored on board aircraft.
Cameras, microphones and other technology could be used to detect behaviour deemed to be suspicious but Mr Nattrass said there was a distinct danger that people’s privacy would be lost as a result of the European Union project.
He said: “Terrorism should be tackled and I am all for robust security on aircraft and at airports but I believe installing hidden microphones or cameras would create a Big Brother style situation on planes where passengers’ conversations are listened into.
“The airlines will be forced to pay for this surveillance equipment to be installed. This cost would then be passed on to passengers’ through increased ticket prices.
“Again, this is another example of EU interference which would cost the airline operators dearly and passenger privacy would also be sacrificed.
“It would be uncomfortable travelling by air knowing all actions and conversations are being monitored, so I presume the EU prefer people to travel by car to avoid the mile high club." he said.