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<b>Thursday 6 November</b>: First ID cards to airport staff, fireworks seized and United draw with Celtic

Published on November 6th 2008.

MANCHESTER AIRPORT'S STAFF will be used to test UK national identity cards. The government is expected to announce plans to issue the ID cards to airside workers. The Home Office published details of the pilot scheme in March of this year saying: “The first ID cards will be issued to people working in specific sensitive roles or locations where verification of identity will enhance the protection of the public.” The airport unions are opposed to the trial, saying the government is bullying workers to join a scheme which is less stringent than existing airport vetting rules.

FLIGHTS departing from Manchester Airport have decreased by around 2,500 a month. Airlines have withdrawn over 500 international flights as they struggle in the current economic crisis. Bmi axed its long-haul flights yesterday and British Airways' last long-haul flight from Manchester left for New York last weekend.

FIREWORKS up to the value of £1,500 were seized from Kash News on Reddish Lane in Gorton. Approximately 750 fireworks were being stored without a license. Some of the types of fireworks being sold were also found to be illegal. Police seized a further 150 fireworks from a house on Levenshulme Road. Confidential wants to know if you think fireworks should be banned altogether. Click here to take part in the vote.

MANCHESTER UNITED drew 1-1 with Celtic last night. Ryan Giggs scored a late header to give United one point in the Champions League. Only Aalborg can now stop United reaching the knockout stages.

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

mark mNovember 6th 2008.

Can we have a private msg group set up just for scotteeeeee and EG pls.

DigNovember 6th 2008.

Leave me out of it. I've got nothing to do with EG's grannys bags or a canal.

scoteeeNovember 6th 2008.

Manchester Airport staff....pilot scheme?? I'll excuse the pun!!!

scoteeeNovember 6th 2008.

Well, I thought we could gather a team of, lets say thirty people, to come round your place. We hire 7 large skips to fill them with all the bottles you have collected and any other plastic that you may have got under your bed. We then dig out the bags from your Granny’s top draw in the kitchen all before asking Gordo to offer Mancon readers the chance to win one of your fantastic bags by devising a water powered mode of transport for the skips. (Possibly dig a canal route to your pad).Using a water turbine to provide clean electricity, you plug in your hair dryer, melt all of the plastic down in to credit card shapes after which you can personally take them to the airport in your newly hand crafted shopping bags, designed and made from the hair of the locals that visit your nearest hairdressers!........ What you reckon ?

Aln BillNovember 6th 2008.

I see that BBC news is reporting that Manchester United fans may be reported to UEFA for "sectarian chanting".A bit rich coming from a club whose fans support the terrorists who attacked this city and others, and the organisation that collaborated with the Nazis in the war.Just let UEFA try!We can tell them ALL about what chants and songs Celtic fans sing!

emma graceNovember 6th 2008.

Gordo, this is all constructive I'll have you know. We're saving the planet here!

GordoNovember 6th 2008.

Have you two got any work to do?

emma graceNovember 6th 2008.

Go on then....I hope it's all recycled materials and environmentally friendly?!?! Otherwise I'm afraid we shall have to part ways

scoteeeNovember 6th 2008.

Gordo... I'm in property, what do you think...Do you need a new office at all?

emma graceNovember 6th 2008.

By means of apology for hogging your screens, I can offer you both a lovely home made carrier bag? 100% biodegreadable and made from the remains of dead trees?? I'll even chuck in a water bottle??

scoteeeNovember 6th 2008.

well it does say that the The first ID cards will be issued to people working in specific sensitive roles or locations where verification of identity will enhance the protection of the public.And with that in mind i dont see an issue...we have passports and we have driving licences not to mention splattering details all over FB and so on...i guess it depends on the content of the Id data base ie what additional info that is not already available they think they may need.On a positive note Ms G, I do have a great green suggestion for the making of the cards!!!??????

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