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BALPA welcomes BA chairman’s aviation security comments

Mr Broughton said that existing checks are "completely redundant" and that "consistency" is needed in airport security checks.

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has welcomed the comments of British Airways chairman Martin Broughton in relation to Britain’s airport security measures.

Speaking at the Airport Operators Association, Mr Broughton said that existing checks are "completely redundant" and that "consistency" is needed in airport security checks.

Jim McAuslan, BALPA’s general secretary, said that current procedures utilise a "catch all" approach and lack focus.

BALPA is of the opinion that these procedures have long proven "a frustration to the industry", with pilots believing that security should be a threat-based process using the latest intelligence.

This, the organisation argues, would allow valuable resources to be focused on where there is a real threat to aircraft and airline passengers.

BALPA has called for a balance in security to ensure that passengers are not exposed to any unnecessary inconvenience and that the airline industry is not burdened.

BALPA represents more than 75 percent of the UK’s fixed-wing pilots and helicopter aircrew and its membership consists of over 10,000 people.

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