Major international airports in the UK are likely to face closure over a pay dispute between the BAA and the Unite union.
Unite gave BAA seven days' notice on 16 July of a strike ballot.
The vote will include 6,185 staff including security personnel, engineers, fire fighters and support workers at BAA airports.
The airports include Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
Unite national officer for civil aviation Brendan Gold said BAA staff had accepted a pay freeze in 2009 to help the company, but they are not prepared to accept a similar offer this year.
"We will therefore go into this ballot with strong resolve and a determination to demonstrate to BAA that its staff deserve better treatment than they are currently getting," Gold said.
The strike ballot will open on 23 July and close on 12 August.