I agree that this is a pointless system that can have no concieveable effect on terrorism as it simply cannot achieve its purpose and is therefore an ill-concieved pointless waste of time and manpower.
Thus it will inevitably be seen (rightly or wrongly) as having some otherhidden purpose which can only be
1)A pretence by the Police of "being seen to be doing something" - ie a bureaucratic pre-emptive arse-covering exercise which is probably close to the truth. It certainly displays all the signs of the sort of baseless assumptions that the Police make about subjects on which they posess zero knowledge and have't taken the trouble to find out or think about. (ie terrorists using a hotel site in the forst place, or being honest enough to give correct details if they did) If it wasn't so staggeringly naiive it would be hilarious.
2) Something more sinsiter in terms of big brother regulation of our established right to fly freely into private sites. Unlikely that the CAA would involve the Police in such a move, or that the Police would have the resources to co-operate.
3) A continuation of the all too common overstepping of reasonable Police powers under the blanket and untouchable excuse of the Anti Terrorism Act which is imho something to be very concerned about as they seem to feel they have the right to do almost anything without any justification when they invoke this. And that's scary in a democracy.
However unless memory fails surely there has been a requirement for many years (over 20) for the owners of unlicenced landing sites to maintain a record of movements so this sort of thing is hardly new, is it? Or has something changed?
Last edited by Agaricus bisporus; 18th Mar 2012 at 12:36.