Very pleased to read:
Expensive upgrades of airport security are unlikely to fly, with Prime Minister John Key taking a cautious approach.
An alleged hijacking attempt last year prompted a review of aviation security which found unscreened passengers and carry-on baggage were a high-risk area but that the threat of terrorism was “very low”.
The review said greater screening of crew and carry-on baggage would be the best way to increase security, at an estimated cost of $5 a passenger.
Other options included strengthening cockpit doors, security committees at airports and enhanced training and education for airport workers.
Mr Key was asked about the recommendations yesterday morning. He replied: “Whether you want to go to full screening at all of those 10 airports [reviewed], I think that’s something that you’d proceed with caution on.”
The Government is to decide on security measures next month.
Transport Minister Steven Joyce last week raised concerns about adding costs in tough economic times but said some measures, such as reinforcing cockpit doors, made sense.
The great thing about flying on the smaller regional flights is not having the ridicolous screening. Introducing it because of one mad woman would be a massive over-reaction. What next – x-ray machines on every bus stop in case someone hijacks a bus?
Also can Steven Joyce have a talk to Wellington Airport and tell them to move their security x-ray machines from the current locations, to before the Koru Club- as is the case in Auckland. It is incredibly inefficient as it doesn’t allow those who arrive early to get through screening early.Tags: airport security