Safety Fears as Airport Axes Security Chief to Save Cash

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Byline: Alan Roden Scottish Political Reporter

PASSENGERS at Scotland's busiest airport will lose the protection of a dedicated security chief after the post was axed in a bid to save money.

The managing director of Edinburgh Airport is scrapping the post despite the growing threat of international terrorism.

Last night experts warned security could now be 'compromised'.

More than nine million travellers a year pass through Edinburgh Airport, which offers several direct flights to the U.S. But the responsibility for security operations will now fall to the terminal manager, who is already tasked with the airport's day-to-day running.

One senior airport worker said yesterday: 'This is nothing but a cost-cutting exercise. The head of security was paid between [pounds sterling]50,000 and [pounds sterling]60,000. The move has left everyone baffled, especially because we've had increased security measures in recent weeks. It's a truly astonishing and dangerous move.

'We're trying to bring more transatlantic flights to Edinburgh - so this just doesn't make sense.'

The cutback was announced just weeks after a major overhaul of security procedures following the failed Christmas Day bombing in Detroit. …