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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 another plane.

 

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 (DfT).

 

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 for Transport.

 

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.”