TV news crew breach air­port se­cu­rity


Fresh fears have been raised af­ter a reporter walked into a high­se­cu­rity area at a Bri­tish in­ter­na­tional air­port with­out be­ing checked. The BBC jour­nal­ist and two cam­era­men spent half an hour wan­der­ing among the planes in the air­craft ma­noeu­vring area at Hum­ber­side Air­port.

The Reporter said it was “sur­pris­ingly sim­ple” to get into the air­port. She walked straight through an un­manned bar­rier. She told the BBC Ra­dio 4 To­day pro­gramme a se­cu­rity ex­pert was “ab­so­lutely stunned” she had not been stopped. She was even­tu­ally stopped by se­cu­rity staff while film­ing in the air­port ter­mi­nal and ques­tioned for nearly three hours by Spe­cial Branch of­fi­cers be­fore be­ing re­leased with­out charge.

A spokesman for the air­port said: “We have ap­pro­pri­ate lev­els of se­cu­rity - ap­pro­pri­ate to all of the sen­si­tive ar­eas of the air­port. A fence is just one method of se­cu­rity mea­sure. We have all sorts of other mea­sures in place.”

Hum­ber­side Air­port, near Brigg in north­ern Lin­colnshire, is used by hol­i­day char­ter air­lines and has sched­uled flights to Aberdeen and Am­s­ter­dam. The breach is likely to cause con­cern given the in­creased anx­i­ety among trav­ellers.

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