US security checks for UK airports?

Earlier this year UK airways had a meeting government and US embassy officials, who showed their support for the idea of using US security checks in UK airports.

A member of the department of transport stated “The airlines confirmed there was a commercial appetite for this in the UK, even if airlines had to contribute towards the cost.”

US pre-clearance facilities already operate in Canada,several states in the Caribbean and Ireland where they allow for a faster processing through their arrival airport in the United States including the checking through of any baggage to the traveller’s final destination.

A DfT spokesman said: ”The decision on whether to operate US pre-clearance at airports overseas ultimately rests with the US authorities. However, the government believes that introducing these measures at UK airports would deliver a number of immigration and security benefits and would also improve the passenger experience.”

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