- Dec 6, 2004
Hard to understand why they'd dig their heels in about that.International Herald Tribune said:Qantas pilot suspended after refusing shoe search in Philippines, airline says
The Associated Press
Published: September 14, 2006
MANILA, Philippines A Qantas Airways flight to Australia was delayed after two of its pilots refused to remove their shoes as part of Manila airport's anti-terrorism measures, prompting the airline to suspend one of them, officials said Thursday.
The pilots on the Manila-Sydney flight late Tuesday refused to comply with the security regulation, said Chief Superintendent Andres Caro, head of the police Aviation Security Group.
"They were arguing that they were the pilots of the plane and they are not a threat. But who knows the face of a terrorist?" Caro said. "We are implementing what is being implemented consistently for everybody."
He said the pilots later relented when security officers insisted on the check.