Heathrow security scare: 300 workers are suspended and two young women are arrested in security pass scam

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BCGHNF UK Border control at Terminal 5 Heathrow Airport London United Kingdom. Image shot 2009. Exact date unknown.
BCGHNF UK Border control at Terminal 5 Heathrow Airport London United Kingdom. Image shot 2009. Exact date unknown.

Bangla sanglap Desk: Three hundred employees at a company that supplies airline lounge services have had their airside security passes suspended after police arrested two women on suspicion of fraud at Heathrow airport.

It is believed the two women arrested, who are aged 24 and 20, are workers at the airport.

Airline services company Sodexo has suspended the passes as a ‘precautionary measure’, according to Sky News.

Most of the affected staff are cleaners and caterers.

Staff who work in the flight-side area of the London airport undergo rigorous security checks before they are given a pass to take them beyond passport control. The current investigation relates to those given handed to staff.

The possibility of criminal activity at the airport will raise fears over security, after a flight from Sharm el Sheikh to Russia last year was brought down by terrorists using a bomb smuggled on board.

It is understood that the plot is not related to the sale or cloning of the passes.

Kevin Hurley, former head of counter terrorism at the City of London Police, says it may have been a plan to access and possibly steal from the airport’s cargo centre.

 


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