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BA112 from New York : Met Police Protection Officer leaves gun in WC

Old Feb 4, 20, 11:25 pm
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BA112 from New York : Met Police Protection Officer leaves gun in WC

https://apple.news/AR-RGndf9QveSgq_F4iQy6w

seems David Cameronís body guard left it in the toilet.

found by passenger pre takeoff and following complaints by passengers captain had gun removed.

Seems it was legal but I am surprised ba would allow it and I canít see the justification for a gun on a plane where passengers have been through security.
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Old Feb 4, 20, 11:42 pm
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I hate it when they remove the fun.
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Old Feb 4, 20, 11:53 pm
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Worrying that they are allowed firearms in an aircraft at all. Surly risk of decompression if it were ever used (accidentally or part of an incident)

And why the hell are we still paying for his protection
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Old Feb 5, 20, 12:02 am
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Originally Posted by Steve in Olympia View Post
I hate it when they remove the fun.
edited. Maybe I should have left it. They removed the fun long ago !
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Old Feb 5, 20, 12:07 am
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Originally Posted by Worcester View Post
Worrying that they are allowed firearms in an aircraft at all. Surly risk of decompression if it were ever used (accidentally or part of an incident)

And why the hell are we still paying for his protection
How do you know we are paying?
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Old Feb 5, 20, 12:18 am
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Oh we are most certainly paying. All ex prime ministers get armed security for life. Plus a chauffeur driven car. All at the expense of the taxpayer.
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Old Feb 5, 20, 12:26 am
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Former Prime Ministers do have a team of Personal Protection Officers, as do certain former Cabinet Ministers.

So, the tax payer is paying for quite a lot of security for these former politicians.

Previous prime ministers such as Tony Blair and David Cameron continue to receive security, so it's likely it will be the same with Theresa May.
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Old Feb 5, 20, 1:31 am
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Originally Posted by jeremyBA View Post
https://apple.news/AR-RGndf9QveSgq_F4iQy6w

seems David Cameronís body guard left it in the toilet.
I'm pretty sure that on the Today programme earlier they said he'd left his, and Cameron's, passports in the washroom, too!!


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Mr Cameron's passport - and that of the officer's - were found with the weapon, according to the Sun.
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Old Feb 5, 20, 1:32 am
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What an idiot.
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Old Feb 5, 20, 1:34 am
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Oh dear, misplacing your firearm, especially in such a public area on a plane is a big no no. Dont think it will end well for Personal Protection Officer especially as its such a high profile error.
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Well, at least he flushed, so he didn't leave any further surprises for the next customer!
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That must have been a bit of a shock for the passenger who found it. I wonder how long it was between the protection officer leaving the gun and passports in the toilet and the passenger finding them?

According to the Guardian the protection officer has, quite rightly, been suspended from duty.

David Cameron's bodyguard suspended Ďafter gun left in BA plane toiletí

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/feb/04/camerons-bodyguard-suspended-for-leaving-gun-in-plane-toilet

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It's just amazing to me that this could even happen. It's not like the gun is small and the lav is huge, with all kinds of nooks and crannies among plush towels and scented candles to obscure the weapon. How do you forget a gun?
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Old Feb 5, 20, 2:18 am
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Of course protection should be provided to all ex-PM's, but doesn't say much for the calibre of the bodyguard if he forgets his gun like that.
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Old Feb 5, 20, 2:18 am
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I imagine in such circumstances that the crew are made aware that a (presumably concealed) firearm is on board? Whilst they would still be a bit shocked at the finding at least there would a rational explanation of how the gun got there, which one presumes would prevent emergency diversions etc.

Complete howler from the bodyguard concerned, though. I imagine he will be "reassigned".
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