BA chairman thinks airport security is rubbish

27 October 2010

The famous body scanner

We Brits aren't as mental as Americans. That's what the chairman of British Airways is implying when he hit out at super stringent airport checks.

Martin Broughton said that we shouldn't be forced to take off our shoes (his nose works alright then) or have laptops checked separately when checking in for flights.

He added officials should not "kowtow to the Americans every time they wanted something done", especially over checks they do not impose on their own domestic routes.

Mr Broughton said: "We should say, 'We'll only do things which we consider to be essential and that you Americans also consider essential'. We all know there's quite a number of elements in the security programme which are completely redundant and they should be sorted out."

This comes on the back of murmurs that there's work being done on new security frameworks and more details would reveal themselves in the coming months.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said he was aware of concerns about airport security, saying it would "remain a continuing challenge to the industry", adding: "I intend to develop a new regulatory system - one that frees up operators to devise the security processes needed to deliver them in line with EU requirements."

Basically, it looks like body pat-down searches and carry-on baggage checks for passengers arriving from the 14 nations which authorities consider a security risk.

Hopefully, this means that the whole process will speed up and, perhaps most importantly, no planes get blown to shit while we're sat on them.

TOPICS:   Travel

11 comments

  • Michael
    In his defence, BA needed something to hide the news that they're facing up to a £70m fine for price fixing. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard-business/article-23891706-british-airways-faces-80m-fine-over-price-fixing-claims.do
  • Ianp
    "Hopefully, this means that the whole process will speed up and, perhaps most importantly, no planes get blown to shit while we’re sat on them." - think thats ***air only ; most of us prefer to sit in them. It's a much more comfortable ride and you can get insurance more easiliy for your trip.
  • The B.
    Hmmm, he seems to have forgotten where Richard Reid was from then?
  • Nobby
    I hope they relax the liquids rule. I wonder what damage it has done to local drink retailers, since you are forced to either buy well known brands at airports (which you can normally get at home) or take the risk of putting bottles in hold luggage. I was in Oz recently and would have loved to have bought a crate or two home, but couldn't.
  • bittertraveller
    I got caught out by a late bus to the airport and didn't have enough left time to check my bag. I had to bin several local beers I was bringing back... ended up missing the flight anyway. stupid security stealing my beer.
  • Spark
    I couldn't agree with this more. I returned from Japan recently where the airport security is shit tight but also doesn't inconvenience the passengers and makes sense and that's who we need to be learning from, not from the Americans who have managed to create one of the most intrusive customer experiences in modern history and then sell it on to the Europeans. I am now considering travelling to another city's airport the next time I fly out of here because Manchester Airport has turned into something reminiscent of 1984 and the worst thing is that the bastards are then charging us for it.
  • Dave
    Anyone flown to Atlanta recently? Not only do you have to go through security in the UK but once again in Atlanta just to leave the airport, shoes off belts off etc. This means any liquids or duty free liquids are taken off you. Quite why they would take them off you when you're not going on a plane god only knows. Actually it's the fecked up airport design that causes the problem here. You see once you arrive you can mix with other passengers that have already passed through the security point and give them presumably a bottle of water. But rather than come up with a solution they have decided to spend millions on security and inconvenience everyone when a simple exit would have sufficed.
  • o'dreary
    Americans are bat-shit crazy.
  • John
    This sums up my feelings about airport security: http://xkcd.com/651/ John
  • Nobby
    @ You see once you arrive you can mix with other passengers that have already passed through the security point and give them presumably a bottle of water. What do you mean? You both have to pass through security to meet. If you have a bottle of water, then you would have bought it after security. So what good does passing it to them do?
  • Dave
    @ What do you mean? You both have to pass through security to meet. If you have a bottle of water, then you would have bought it after security. So what good does passing it to them do? I can only imagine that the americans do not trust the security of other countries airports. Like their fat brain dead TSA are the best in the world.

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