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Airports: Security

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 28 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent measures he has put in place to increase security at UK airports. (313724)

Following the incident on Christmas day, the Government have directed airports to increase the proportion of passengers' baggage tested for traces of explosives, and to introduce explosive trace detection equipment at all UK airports by the end of the year. We have also brought into force new restrictions which tighten up security screening for transit passengers. Alongside this we intend to introduce more body scanners, the first to be deployed at Heathrow.