Written on: 30/03/2010
You'll note how bmi suggest the concept of requiring passport information prior to travel is somehow a new Government initiative (new? Can you remember ever being able to leave the country without a passport?). Obviously its before you fly because how else would you be authorized to get on the plane? The naughty thing about the explanation behind this policy is that bmi start to blur the Government 'security measures' with their initiative: essentially that you must provide passport information before arriving at the airport. But make no mistake: that is not a government initiative (indeed it is arguably a security flaw given the tendency of companies and Governments to 'misplace' private information into the public domain). Nor is it a legal requirement: it is bmi's own rule presumably to cut down on the need for check-in staff because the penalty is (in effect) a fine from the airline for doing what they and every other airline has always done - monitor your passport at check-in. It is in effect simply an additional check-in fee for the unwary. One might ask why they don't simply say that instead of trying to hide behind 9/11 like a pack of underhand thieves. But I think the answer's in the question with that one.