The Telegraph today reports that an overhaul of the way passengers – and crew – are security checked at airports is likely and says some of the more draconian measures taken will be scrapped.

Jim McAuslan, BALPA General Secretary, commenting: ‘Pilots are part of the solution to airline security, not part of the problem. It is frankly bizarre that the professionals responsible for safely flying hundreds of passengers every day are currently treated with the same degree of suspicion as high-risk passengers.

‘Airport security is important, there’s no doubt about that. But this blanket, one-size-fits-all approach is too simplistic and is infuriating to passengers and crew alike.

‘Pilots are routinely held up at security and, like passengers, have their water and other items confiscated. Given the responsibility they are entrusted with that is clearly ridiculous.

‘There must be a recognition of the difference between types of people going through security. Pilots shouldn’t be immune from security checks, but it would be sensible for them to be different from passengers.

‘We are hopeful a new security regime will be more nuanced and intelligent. It is in pilots’ interests to ensure our airports and skies are as safe as possible. A better security regime which focuses effort and resources where the real threats are will help do that.’

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