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02/07/07
Brown Backs Increase in Airport Security
- Drivers urged to 'understand' reasons behind check-in hassles

Brown Backs Increase in Airport SecurityNEW Prime Minister Gordon Brown has backed the clampdown on drivers at airports, introduced in response to the terrorist attack on Glasgow airport a few days ago.

"I've got to appeal to members of the public to understand that when we've had an attempted attack on an airport, the security measures have to be increased," said Brown.

"Whether it's checks as people go into the airports or whether it's also more police patrols, or whether it may be barriers people have to come through, these will be on the basis of an assessment made on the ground for particular airports."

Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports have brought in a variety of restrictions on drivers, including a ban on dropping off travellers at the departure hall doors and a revision of parking schemes. Different restrictions apply at different airports and travellers are advised to check with the specific airport before travel.

Though Brown supports the measures, he has been keen to stress that the recent terrorist activities won't result in rushed law-making. "It's not a time for rushing into new legislation at the moment," said Brown.

This approach drew praise from civil rights group Liberty.

"We must pay enormous tribute to the new Prime Minister," said a spokesperson for Liberty. "Mr Brown has resisted partisan posturing or a knee-jerk rush to the statute book. The new Government is demonstrating the unifying response that it rightly seeks from all of us."

Meanwhile, two more male suspects have been arrested in Scotland in connection with the Glasgow airport attack, taking to seven the number of people arrested by police over the recent terrorist incidents.



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