[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f aliens were to land in Glasgow they would receive a “warm and peaceful” welcome from the local council.
However, Glasgow City Council believe it is unlikely any extraterrestrial lifeform would chose the city as their first point of contact on earth.
The local authority laid out its plans in response to a Freedom of Information request from a member of the public.
They had been asked: “As mankind continues to advance and head out into the stars we are undoubtedly going to attract the attention of whatever lifeforms are out there. I’m curious to know what provisions have been put in place for our inevitable encounter.”
The response, from Dr Kenneth Meechan, admitted the council had not laid out concrete plans for alien contact.
He said: “The legal framework regarding making contact with extraterrestrial lifeforms is not entirely clear.”
Dr Meechan went on to say it was unlikely Glasgow would be the aliens first point of contact, whether it be over radio or in person.
As reported in the Herald, he said: “The general consensus in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence community is that contact is most likely to be made through radio communication, since faster-than-light travel remains