Article 8 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms states that an interference by a public authority with an individual’s right to privacy may be necessary in the interest of national security, public safety or the prevention of crime. In addition, the European Court of Human Rights has held that such interference can be justified if it is lawful, pursues a legitimate aim and is necessary in a democratic society, namely, that it answers a pressing social need, is proportionate to the aim pursued and if there are relevant and sufficient reasons to justify the interference
Is the response provided to such recent threats to aviation security a justified violation of a number of our fundamental human rights? Does the violation answer a pressing social need and is it proportionate to the threat posed? Critically discuss.