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Monday, 1 February 2010

Airport Security

Don't get me wrong, I am all for safe and secure travel. What really annoys me is that there are many airports in the UK now that are charging passengers a fee to use a 'fast lane' service. This fee can be anything from £3 to £10 per passenger depending on the time of day or how busy the airport is.
This, in my view is scandalous.
What makes this even worse is that there are incentives from on airport services that offer free passes to use the 'fast lane', such as airport parking or even some airlines trying to promote a London service.

What happens if no one is using the 'fast lane' then? Does the machine in there lay unused whilst we are all standing in a long line waiting for the other 'not fast' lane to become available?
Do the staff running that machine sit about doing nothing while their colleagues are working frantically processing the normal passenger traffic?
And what about Bodyscanners then. Are they going to be used in addition to existing security are will they replace the current system? I can see it now, a 'fast lane' service for the bodyscanners too, with of course higher charges because the technology is that much more complicated!

How dare airports try to earn profits from what is a Government sanctioned security procedure. Why should they profit from terrorism?

It is all very wrong.