But when the government privatised BAA it kept the group intact. It's not too easy to use an alternative airport company.
But there's more:
But BAA says the fingerprinting at Terminal 5 has been installed under orders from the Government.Oh yes?
It says a working group, which included the Home Office's Borders and Immigration Agency, decided it was the "most robust system" to protect Britain's borders.
But last night the Home Office denied ordering Heathrow to fingerprint passengers.So who's right? I don't believe for a moment that BAA won't give the fingerprints to the government if asked.
Here's a deal: why don't the directors of BAA issue a bond, guaranteed by a Swiss bank, that will pay any passenger £1 million should their data be passed on to the state?
In the meantime, it's Luton or Kings Cross.