MPs want airport queues cut, so airport security needs to relax

26 July 2012

airport-securityAirport security is, basically, a massive pain in the balls. They make you take your belt off like your some kind of prisoner and they stand you in endless queues, herded up like you're potential veal.

It's dreadful and it is all the fault of terrorists who invariably find all this hilarious.

However, the Home Affairs Select Committee aren't laughing and they want Border Force to sort it out. Their solution? To cut waiting times by making security a bit more lax and to put pointless signs up warning passengers how long they'll have to wait to get through arrivals halls. The latter will really rub it in, eh?

Keith Vaz, chairman of the committee, said: "I am very pleased to see that the Minister for Immigration has kept his promise to the Committee that during the Olympics every kiosk at airports in the South East would be manned. However, as the Olympics finish international students will begin to arrive. We must ensure that the situation does not revert back to that witnessed prior to the Olympics."

"The Home Office must immediately reinstate the risk based pilot for entry checks that was abandoned by the Home Secretary last November."

This "risk-based" trial basically allowed border control people to waive security checks against certain people. On top of that, there could be an introduction of "smart zones" which will see passengers being screened before arrival. However, there's still the issue of long queues. "It is unacceptable for these long queue times to recur on a monthly basis,” the report said.

TOPICS:   Travel   Privacy

11 comments

  • Vince C.
    Oh God, who let Keith Vaz chair a committee? The man can't even find his way to the toilet without help.
  • Eh?
    "They make you take your belt off like your some kind of prisoner and they stand you in endless queues, herded up like you’re potential veal." In the "our team" bit it says there is an "Editorial Director" yet incorrect use of "your/you're" still gets through! You can't even maintain consistency (correct or incorrect) in the same sentence!!
  • oliverreed
    your belt - tick - belonging to me... (you are) you're potential veal - tick - in comparison... Did I miss something?
  • oliverreed
    ah, I see it now "like your some kind of prisoner "
  • Fake B.
    I think that if your the sort of person that sits in front of you're computer, using up you're time looking out for incorrect use of your and you're, then your out of you're tiny mind. Your sad you're.
  • Chewbacca
    This “risk-based” trial basically allowed border control people to waive security checks against certain people Look, it's not hard. White & speaking fluent English, let them in. Otherwise - full cavity searches. Simples.
  • Skymarshall
    Mof Gimmers: Grammar terrorist.
  • Alan
    Is this article not confusing incoming immigration checks with security for outbound passengers? I have never really had a problem entering the country, it is going out that is the pain. Either way, Chewbacca is right though...
  • Nelmseo
    Basically if you're white english then you should be given priority. Every other country seems to do give priority to their citizens so why should we be any different. Us Jonny foreigner has to wait ages in the US while their citizens sail straight through. Surely that is the correct way.
  • Chewbacca
    ^this Problem is, when we try to put ourselves first, everyone shouts "racist". Then we back down and put everyone else first. We really need to get our house in order.
  • Touchwood
    Basically if you’re white english then you should be given priority. Every other country seems to do give priority to their citizens so why should we be any different. Us Jonny foreigner has to wait ages in the US while their citizens sail straight through. Surely that is the correct way. But we are citizens of the great EU so whilst there is a queue for non-EU nationals the one for EU-nationals is invariably horrendous. Apparently we can't have a UK only queue as that's discrimating against our EU brethren. UKIP here I come

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