The security manager for Swiss International Airlines told an audience at Borderpol, a private security conference for border control agencies, that the special meal you order could help profile you as a terrorist.
In-flight meal choices of international passengers could be a potential profiling tool for national authorities, a senior airline manager has told border officials.
Marina Ripa-Braescu, the facilitation and security manager for Swiss International Air Lines, told a conference on border security in Hungary last week that information about pre-ordered meals could be used to help governments find out more about those travelling to the country before they arrive.
For avoidance of doubt,
if they order a Muslim or kosher or vegetarian meal, you already start to know a little bit about that person” Ripa-Braescu said, referring to the halal meals that Muslim passengers can order.
And she isn’t really suggesting that vegetarians are terrorists and probably thinks ordering a kosher meal makes you ‘not a terrorist’ (although this would probably therefore be a good cover strategy).
If you eat shell fish that’s not kosher so you might be a terrorist
Swiss sought to clarify that “it would never hand over such information, but that such data could be “interesting” and of use to authorities.”
That seems disingenuous at best — they may not turn over their PNR data to the Swiss government, but the UK and France already require airlines operating flights into their countries to provide full PNRs to law enforcement.
The US requires this, and not only has access to but archives PNR data. And the EU as a whole has debated the same (and of course the data is already provided to law enforcement following normal warrant procedures).
All passengers will be force-fed non-Halal beef. If they refuse to eat it, they’ll be interrogated on arrival