Friday, 27 July 2007

£2 fee to queue jump at airport

An airport has been condemned for making extra money from security checks by letting people jump the queues – for a fee.

Travellers flying from Liverpool John Lennon Airport can buy £2 vouchers to be put through a fast lane to the front of the security lines.
The £2 charge also applies to children and babies.

Managers at the airport, which is used by an estimated 4.96million people each year, had wanted to make all passengers pay the £2 surcharge when they introduced it earlier this month.
It was only after protests from airlines such as easyJet that they backed down and made it a voluntary scheme.
But the new measure should still be opposed 'both in principle and in practice', according to the Air Transport Users Council.
It is worried airports are now following airlines by adding extra fees for passengers.

'Passengers already pay for security as part of their ticket charges – now they're being asked to pay twice over.'

Somebody else trying to make money out of everbody else's misfortune.