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Extra security-checks at Oslo airport. Passengers face random searches. Next time you pass through security at Oslo airport other places than you are used to on your person may be searched. The airport, together with the security company G4S are on the charm-offensive. The idea behind their “security with a smile” campaign is to improve the atmosphere between travellers and security officers by creating greater understanding of what the officers’ work involves. “It is designed to encourage mutual respect between travellers and security staff”, Jo Kobro, the airport’s information manager tells The Foreigner.How it works

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Extra security-checks at Oslo airport

Published on Thursday, 26th March, 2009 at 23:44 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 6th January 2010 at 09:56.

Passengers face random searches.

Departure Hall, Oslo Airport
Departure Hall, Oslo Airport
Photo: Oslo Airport A/S


Campaign

Next time you pass through security at Oslo airport other places than you are used to on your person may be searched. The airport, together with the security company G4S are on the charm-offensive. The idea behind their “security with a smile” campaign is to improve the atmosphere between travellers and security officers by creating greater understanding of what the officers’ work involves.

“It is designed to encourage mutual respect between travellers and security staff”, Jo Kobro, the airport’s information manager tells The Foreigner.

How it works

Passengers are selected at random when passing through the detectors, whereupon they will carry out a more detailed search. This involves you having to remove your shoes for x-ray, and then submitting yourself for a body-search around the armpits, breasts and/or crotch area. Its purpose is to check whether you are carrying prohibited items, and is carried out by hand.

These places are particularly suited for hiding things”, says Kobro.

To allay your fears, the selected passengers are given a brochure.

“This may feel uncomfortable, but please remember security officers are carefully trained, and always strive to conduct these searches in as benign a manner as possible”, it says.

You may, of course, request that search be carried out by a person of your own gender.

Should this leave a bitter taste in your mouth, you are given some chocolate as a “thank you for your cooperation” sweetener.

Reactions

“So far, people have been positive and there have not been any problems”, says Rolf Gunnar Reisænen from the airport’s security officer and aviation security sections. Neither he nor Kobro are sure of how many have been selected so far.

The campaign runs until 03 April.




Published on Thursday, 26th March, 2009 at 23:44 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 6th January 2010 at 09:56.

This post has the following tags: oslosecurity, airport, checks, norway, gardermoen.





  
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