By Chris Bradley
The Immigration Services Union has said that they expect passport queues to soon be so long that it will take three or four hours before a person is seen. They went on to say that this could be a national embarrassment and could cause big problems for the economy.
The Board of Airline Representatives in the UK explained that the Border Force needs to have better ways of dealing with people entering the country. They say that they need to improve the processes and that they need to have more information available to them. They say that there is a big risk that people will avoid the UK if this happens and will choose to go elsewhere instead.
Chief executive of the Board of Airline Representative in the UK, Mike Carrivick, explained that many people are aware that the Border Force is having trouble coping at busy times. He explained that airlines help them by checking passports against a watch list. He went on to say that airlines would like to see chip passports where they can allow passengers to move through smart gates without compromising the checks that do need to be made. Obviously no one wants security to be lessened, but there are ways to make things easier and quicker and even more secure but avoid the big queues. He went on to say that they want the government to invest in some technology that will make things quicker allowing information and resources to be accessed more easily and quickly than at present.