If British Airways doesn't watch their chairman's mouth, they might just see their planes turned around when trying to enter US soil. OK, I joke, but if I'm honest, his views on the "completely redundant" airport checks sound entirely reasonable.
Martin Broughton, the chairman of the UK carrier, had a verbal meltdown at the UK Airport Operators Association in London, saying that US security dictates what the rest of the world should do, but quite often they don't even follow the rules themselves.
Now, every airport I've been to in the US in the last few years has requested I remove my laptop from my bag, and shoes from my feet, but Broughton is claiming that "America does not do internally a lot of the things they demand that we do" and that the rules are "completely redundant".
"Take the iPad, they still haven't decided if it is a laptop or it isn't a laptop. So some airports think you should take it out and some think you shouldn't," Broughton added.
While I agree that a lot of the checks seem unnecessary, I still think they're worth doing. It doesn't add too much extra time to a journey, and quite frankly, I'd rather be safe than sorry. I think a lot of us would. [CNN]
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