British Airways chairman Martin Broughton’s views that security checks at airports need to be reassessed have been supported by aviation industry chiefs.
Mr Broughton told delegates at the UK Airport Operators Association conference in London that parts of the current security programme are ”completely redundant”.
He questioned why people are forced to take off their shoes and have their laptops checked separately in security lines, and said that the UK should not “kowtow” to the Americans every time they wanted something changed.
Chief executive of airport operator BAA, Colin Matthews, said that security procedures should be rationalised, while former security minister Lord West said that he thought airport checks had gone too far.
And Mike Carrivick, chief executive of BAR UK, which represents more than 80 scheduled airlines in the UK, said airport security as a whole needed to be looked at.
Mr Matthews, whose company runs six UK airports including Heathrow and Stansted, added: “What we do in security in Heathrow and other airports is defined by the authorities and it’s really one requirement laid on top of another.
“We could certainly do a better job for customers if we can rationalise them.”
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