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Article from BTNews 1 NOVEMBER 2010

Security conflicts

Martin Broughton, Chairman of British Airways, gave vent to his feelings regarding airline security when asked a question at the CBI Conference last week.  It could not be confirmed but it might be that he, the most senior man at BA, had been put through a frustrating time when recently passing through an airport. 

Mr Broughton said many of the checks were "completely redundant" and added that the UK should stop "kowtowing" to US security demands.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond quickly signalled his willingness to change the regulations on security checks at British airports.  However the rules are not set by Westminster in this case, but by Brussels. 

Presently, even in the United States, checks are carried out on a random basis, with the removal of jackets and computers, plus a 100mm limit on liquid containers, opened or unopened.  However a serious bomb alert on Friday (29 October) in the freight depot at Britain's East Midlands Airport has again focussed public opinion on security.  Mr Broughton's frustrations may  have to remain. www.ba.com

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