Airport Security Checks to Change?
Friday, 29 October 2010
According to the government airport security checks may be relaxed in the near future. Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond has indicated that airlines will now be allowed to look at ways of “easing the passenger experience” during check in. According to BA chairman, Martin Broughton, some parts of the security programme are now “completely redundant” and are barely even carried out internally in American airports.
Instead, airlines are looking at “rationalising” security procedures as there are far too many layers and inconsistency within the current set up. Airlines are urging the government to take the lead in this matter and secure a multinational agreement on security checks. A spokesman from the Department of Transport suggested that security systems should act more efficiently and aim to work better for passengers in British airports.
America had stepped up their security in January after an alleged bomb plot and have since demanded tighter restrictions be placed on security checks, including pat down body searches and carry-on baggage checks for passengers that US authorities considered a security risk.
Mr Broughton argues that America does not even do many of these checks internally, and therefore they should not be forced upon us. Instead we should only do the things we, as well as Americans, consider to be essential.
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