Saturday, November 17, 2007
The BAA & Their Out of Town Shoping Malls
The British Airports Authority (BAA) have announced this week that 95 per cent of passengers would take less than five minutes to pass through their security checks next year. It's all thanks to improvements at its seven airports, including the hiring of 2,000 extra security staff this year. It also promised that only one per cent of travellers would fail to pass through within 15 minutes. Well call me a cynic but I still have me doubts. The problem for BAA remains not just one of staff numbers but physical space. Getting passengers through the areas that are given over to security remains a bit like squeezing an elephant through the eye of a needle. Now if they just got rid of some of those shops it would be a lot better. Of course the BAA has long seen themselves as out of town shopping malls that just happen to allow aircraft to land on part of their parking lot.