BA chairman thinks airport security is rubbish
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.