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Device checks yet to hit Blackpool Airport

Delays hitting passengers at some airports because of new strict security measures have yet to affect holiday makers flying from Blackpool.

Delays hitting passengers at some airports because of new strict security measures have yet to affect holiday makers flying from Blackpool.

Delays hitting passengers at some airports because of new strict security measures have yet to affect holiday makers flying from Blackpool.

With reports of people being held up by new requirements to prove electronic gadgets – including phones, tablets and laptops – can be switched on, passengers at Blackpool Airport yesterday said it was business as usual.

The new measures, which have seen fliers advised to make sure all devices are charged before setting off for the airport, are the latest move to reduce the threat from terrorism in the UK.

But passengers arriving at Blackpool Airport (pictured right) yesterday were full of praise for how quickly they breezed through security.

Sarah Ashton, 48, of Lytham, said: “We have just come back from Menorca and there was nothing out of the ordinary. We have not really noticed any problems.”

But she said she would be willing to put up with delays caused by new security checks to help keep passengers safe.

Gillian Jackson, 39, from Glasgow, said: “It was no different for us really, other than them scanning the passports.

“But I do think sometimes they can get a bit carried away with these security measures and it becomes a bit stressful for the passengers.”

Alan Sneddon, 49, of Balquhidder, in Perthshire, Scotland, said: “It’s pretty good here – we had no problems at all. But I would rather wait an extra 10 minutes at security if there’s a serious threat.”

The latest measures follow announcements last week that uncharged mobile phones in hand luggage on flights between the US and the UK would be seized.

The Department for Transport stressed the terrorism level in the UK remains unchanged at “substantial”. It also refused to comment on which airports or routes are affected.

Nobody at Blackpool Airport was available for comment yesterday.

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