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Letter: An arrogant disgrace; AIRPORT SECURITY.

Byline: IAN PAYNE

Dear Editor, I was appalled by the working methods of those security guards highlighted in the ITV 1 documentary recently (What's happening to our airport security? Post June 4). It brought home to me how important it is not to have private security companies running the show in state institutions like airports.

After all it doesn't even happen in the most capitalist nation on Earth - the USA.

Those exposed seemed very lazy and arrogant and a disgrace to their profession. They seemed to have no shame and seemed to treat their job remit as a hobby, second to everything else going on in their lives. The area where they worked was treated like their own little empire, where the rules were made up, as and when, on a daily basis.

As somebody who is out of work myself and has been for a number of years it certainly made my blood boil big time. I felt that all the decent trustworthy unemployed people there are in the Midlands should be given a chance to do the job instead.

If the security organisation that employs these security guards do not implement severe disciplinary methods to deal with those exposed on this TV documentary, then they should hold their heads down in shame also.

If nothing is learned from this debacle then it will be a slap in the face to all those who died in the 9/11 and 7/7 atrocities.

To get to a point where a US Congressman is so shocked at this breach of security at Birmingham Airport that he wants to ground certain flights coming out of this airport to the USA, makes the whole issue very serious in the extreme.

I just hope somebody somewhere at Birmingham Airport learns from all this and changes things for the better ASAP. At present I don't hold up much hope, sadly.

IAN PAYNE

Lichfield

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jun 7, 2007
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