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16 October, 2006 - 13:40 By Staff Reporter

Stansted ups anti-terror measures

Stansted Airport is ratcheting up its anti-terror measures by recruiting 160 security officers.

While the Government has scaled back the unprecedented level of security imposed at UK airports in August when a plot was uncovered to blow up several aircraft mid-flight, Stansted bosses say that heightened vigilance should be the least their millions of passengers should expect.

Stansted is recruiting in Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and some boroughs in north and east London and aims to hire 100 women and 60 men.

Mark Murphy, Stan-sted’s customer services director said: “Since August 10, when the Department for Transport introduced unpr-ecedented levels of security at all UK airports, we have faced some of our biggest challenges ever to ensure the new requirements were fully implemented with as little disruption to passengers as possible.

“Our staff have worked tirelessly to ensure the terminal has continued to operate as effectively as possible during these difficult times.

“These new positions will further bolster the security teams we have in place – as the safety and security of every passenger using Stansted must always be our top priority.”

Potential recruits will undergo a series of intensive tests and must not only meet Stansted’s stringent requirements but also pass strict Government background and security checks.

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