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20 March 2012 | Adam Leach
Business travellers want an end to the “patchwork approach” to airport security across the EU and have called for uniform standards to be implemented.
The 2012 Industry Affairs Agenda by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), revealed the large majority of respondents would like to see a consistent approach taken by EU member states with regard to airport security.
Asked to choose which statement most closely represented their view, 78 per cent of the 1,276 buyers surveyed selected “I would like to see uniform security standards across all airports within the European Union.” A further 15 per cent chose, “I believe each country in Europe should be able to make their own standards, and that they may differ from others”. And 7 per cent were “not sure”.
The GBTA called on the EU Commission to lead a process to construct a pan-European system that both deters attacks and gives full consideration to the impact on travel. It proposed that the policy include systems to expedite travel for pre-approved, low-risk travellers through dedicated travel lanes and kiosks.
The agenda, which was announced publically on Friday, was presented to a group of representatives from the European Commission at the end of last year. A key issue raised was the need for the EC to tackle fair unbundling, with 84 per cent of respondents in agreement that action needs to be taken.
Speaking to SM at the time, Paul Tilstone, managing director at GBTA Europe, said: “For a long time, procurement has called for greater transparency to enable it to pay for the things that are of value to it and not pay for the things that aren’t. The reality is that as [airlines] unbundle these items, they’re not thinking about the existing capabilities of the global distribution systems [that buyers use to purchase tickets].”