Isles MP Angus MacNeil has demanded a halt to security cuts at Barra airport.
MP fights security cuts at island airport
29 January 2017
The stopping of passenger bag and body searches “streamlines” the check-in process,
says airport operator, Hial.
Airline Loganair said the arrangements have been in place at Barra Airport for a
“substantial period” and will come into operation at Campbeltown and Tiree from Monday.
This makes “travel more convenient” for the vast majority of passengers from these
three islands into Glasgow, maintains the air company.
The “small” number of travellers with onward connections will have to collect their
baggage, check in for their onward flight and then clear airport security at Glasgow
before proceeding to the boarding gate t continue their journey.
Angus MacNeil said this means a lengthy walk around Glasgow Airport in order to catch
Airport operator, Hial, said the move follows an in-depth review of the security
procedures by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Department for Transport
Mr MacNeil said: “This is an unnecessary relaxation of a system that works well.
“It is disappointing and it is a step in the wrong direction to be relaxing security.”
He is concerned about a situation where people can fly into Glasgow International
Airport without prior security checks.
The MP said he will take up the issue with Transport Scotland and the Department
He added: “I will also be raising the fact that potential job losses in fragile rural
areas shouldn’t be overlooked either, but of course the security aspect is the most
important factor which they should be paying most attention to.”