British Airways chairman says that security checks are too egalitarian
There is too much uniformity in aviation security, Sir Martin Broughton, chairman of British Airways, said today. The current “one-size-fits-all approach” to security checks makes no sense, he explained. “Is it sensible to run exactly the same security checks on pilots – each and every time they fly – as, for example, a Yemeni student?”
Speaking to an audience at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in London, he added that he wasn’t condoning passenger profiling at airports, but he called for a new “risk-based” approach to airport security. “Making everybody suffer inconvenience in the name of uniformity doesn’t make any sense at all and reduces the quality of security by dissipating resources,” he added.
Following a recent incident at a US airport in which a British Airways board member was pulled aside for extra screening, he also criticised the more stringent checks that US authorities have imposed on passengers flying from the UK to the US.
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