6 Nov 2014

Pilots want security stepped up

1:03 pm on 6 November 2014

Airline pilots are calling for security measures to be implemented on regional flights in case of a terror threat.

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The Airline Pilots' Association says the cost of security measures should no longer be an issue. Photo: PHOTO NZ

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The Airline Pilots' Association wants ground staff, baggage loaders and cleaners on domestic flights to be security- checked.

Technical director Rob Torenvlied also wants all passengers travelling on regional routes to be screened.

"I don't think that the argument of cost is a fair argument any more. The threat level has increased and we need to step up our game as well as an aviation sector to accommodate that."

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