Express1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2462 times:
I just been watching Dispatches on channel 4 about Heathrow (how safe is heathrow?) and the findings about LHR's security is somewhat pathetic,considering billions of pounds worth of cargo go in and out there each day.BAA was sent a memo by the Government,that BAA needed to implement and ugrade their security procedures,yet as i watch the programme the warehouses on the cargo airside had there doors wide open, as if there was an invitation by all to walk in and help yourself to what ever you get your hands on. I think this programme was made back in 2005,now we are at the back-end of 2006,i wonder how much has been done to inproove security.
Isnt it any better in the United States,France,Germany? if so maybe BAA should learn from these countries.
Wrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2419 times:
I watched the second half of it, and it seemed the title was miss leading, it implied about security in the airport itself, the terminals, out on the ramp etc, but from what I saw, it only talked about robbery's.
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Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2172 times:
Quoting Express1 (Thread starter): I just been watching Dispatches on channel 4 about Heathrow (how safe is heathrow?) and the findings about LHR's security is somewhat pathetic,considering billions of pounds worth of cargo go in and out there each day.BAA was sent a memo by the Government,that BAA needed to implement and ugrade their security procedures,yet as i watch the programme the warehouses on the cargo airside had there doors wide open, as if there was an invitation by all to walk in and help yourself to what ever you get your hands on.
I'm not normally one to defend the BAA, but that program last night was shocking. 99% of their footage and findings were based on things that happened several years ago, and as they stated in the program, the crime levels have been seriously reduced around LHR.
Also 99% of that program focused on things that happen outside the perimiter fence, which isn't the BAA's problem.
The 1% they could make a point on was the cargo sheds in the Horseshoe, however the footage was griny and I believe it was probably edited to make it look like that for sensational journalism which is all Dispatches is. They have no idea who was inside those cargo sheds from that footage. That could have been shot on one of the hottest days of the summer, and those sheds will most likely have no air con in them, so probably why they had bother doors open, but how do the program makers know there were not security guards on each door ?, or from what was shown, how do we as viewers know if those doors were in the process of being closed or a truck had just unloaded and pulled away ? - We don't as the clip was too short.
That program was 99% bullsh!t, they couldn't come up with anything new so re-hashed old stories and footage purely to get ratings.
Security at LHR is amongst the best in the world, (when was the last time a hi-jacking or a bombing occured on a British a/c, or an a/c from a British Airport again ???)but Aviation will never ever be 100% secure, that is impossible without subjecting everyone and everything to thorough physical searches, and that won't happen as the delays and inconvenience would be horrendous, not to mention the PC/Human rights brigade wouldn't allow it. There is a fine line drawn between being an effective deterrant whilst remaining practical, and occasinaly that line moves as the threat increases which has happened recently and look what chaos that caused and they were relatively minor changes.
All we can do is try and stay 1 step ahead of the bad guys, which has recently happend with the British Intelligence services. If only the Americans had been as pro-active, then maybe the Twin Towers would still be standing. We should really be looking at how effective US security is. I know for a fact that it isn't nowhere near as good as the security in the UK.
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