Khalid Mahmood a Labour party MP for Birmingham Perry Barr. (Photo: BPM)

Khalid Mahmood, the Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, said it had become necessary to ‘profile’ passengers from certain racial and religious groups rather than blown up.

He said: “I think most people would rather be profiled than blown up. It wouldn’t be victimisation of an entire community. “I think people will understand that it is only through something like profiling that there will be some kind of safety, British media – Telegraph reports.

“If people want to fly safely we have to take measures to stop things like the Christmas Day plot. Profiling may have to be the price we have to pay.

“The fact is the majority of people who have carried out or planned these terror attacks have been Muslims.”