UK government increases aviation security funding in the wake recent terror attacks in North Africa and France
24 November 2015
UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, has confirmed that the UK government will increase aviation security funding in the wake of the growing number of perceived plots against Britain and the recent tragedies in North Africa and France. In a statement released on 16 November 2015, Cameron confirmed government plans to double funding from its current level of about GBP 9 million a year over the next five years. The UK Government said that the new funding will be used to deploy extra aviation security experts to regularly assess security at airports around the world, as well as advice, training and equipment for other countries to aid them with the increase of security at airports. Coinciding with its announcement, the government has also ordered a rapid review of security at several airports in vulnerable countries around the world, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and at other global airports to which large numbers of British citizens travel. The funding will also go into research of screening technology and methods of detecting new threats and will see an extra 1,900 security and intelligence staff recruited.