British Airways Boss Slams US Security Checks
UK should stop 'kowtowing' to US demands
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2010 2:43 AM CDT
A a member of staff is seen checking an image from a new a security scanner at Manchester Airport in England.   (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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(Newser) – Britain should stop "kowtowing" to America's demands every time it steps up security for incoming flights, the chairman of British Airways complains. Martin Broughton told an industry conference that many of the security checks are "redundant" and that Britain should only comply with the same checks that the US requires for internal flights, the BBC reports.

"We should say we’ll only do things which we consider to be essential and that Americans also consider essential," Broughton said, questioning the need to make passengers remove their shoes and to have laptops checked separately. "We all know there's quite a number of elements in the security program which are completely redundant and they should be sorted out," he said.