Additional Border Force staff welcome to improve border experience in airports

Welcoming the announcement by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP, at the Home Affairs Select Committee that the Home Office is today [Wednesday 28 March 2018] launching a recruitment campaign for a thousand additional Border Force staff, Chief Executive of the AOA Karen Dee said:

“We welcome the announcement today that the Government will be recruiting additional Border Force staff as well as the commitment by the Home Secretary in her evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee that the Home Office will step up investment for a smoother experience for visitors at the border.

“The border experience for passengers passing through UK airports has been under pressure in recent years as resources for Border Force have gone down, while passenger numbers went up. This has resulted in longer queues more often in airports.

“It is vital that as we prepare for Brexit, the UK demonstrates we are open for business by providing both a secure and welcoming border experience to legitimate travellers. We will work with the Government and Border Force to ensure that the new recruits provide much needed additional capacity at the border in airports to achieve this, in addition to their role in preparing Border Force for Brexit.”