Summary Box: Europe pushes back on US travel rules

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Posted: Oct 27, 2010 4:14 PM
Summary Box: Europe pushes back on US travel rules

DAFT YANKS: European air officials lashed out at the U.S., calling travel security measures like X-raying shoes and online security checks overly intrusive.

ON AND OFF: British Airways' chairman asked why passengers are being asked to remove their shoes and their laptops from carrying bags, calling the requirement redundant and time consuming.

RUBBISH! Europe shouldn't have to "kowtow to the Americans every time they wanted something done," the Financial Times reported British Airways Chairman Martin Broughton as saying. "We shouldn't stand for that. We should say, 'We'll only do things which we consider to be essential and that you Americans also consider essential.'"