British Airways chairman Martin Broughton has criticised the US for insisting on “redundant” security procedures at British airports.
Speaking at an Airport Operators Association conference on 28 October, Broughton stated that measures like checking individual laptops and forcing passengers to take off their shoes before flying to the US should be scrapped.
“America does not do a lot of the things internally that they demand that we do. We shouldn’t stand for that,” Broughton said.
Broughton’s comments were supported by BAA chief executive Colin Matthews.
“Today’s arrangements are incremental and I think there is a case for saying let’s start from a clean sheet of paper to achieve what we want to achieve,” Matthews told the Financial Times.
The comments come two days after a statement from UK transport minister Philip Hammond, expressing the need for a new regulatory system in which the government set security objectives and operators decided on the necessary procedures to achieve those objectives.