Airport security failures

Hotel News - 07/06/2007

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A six months undercover investigation carried out at some of Britain's major airports has uncovered a series of serious lapses. Staff were secretly filmed reading magazines, sleeping and doing puzzles when they should have been examining luggage of passengers checking in on flights from Birmingham to America. Some employees were employed by a private security firm with a criminal record for grevious bodily harm and drink driving. Planes were also left unguarded and passenger checks were not carried out against guidelines employed since the terrorist attacks of 2001.

David Davis, the shadow home secretary, said in response to the findings "These weaknesses create risks in immigration, international crime and terrorism and we need to hear what the Government is doing at Birmingham airport to protect public safety".

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