Immigration officials at Gatwick Airport have begun wearing uniforms in a bid to strengthen the public’s sense of security, according to press reports.
With security officials reporting public confusion over regulations such as the volume of liquids travellers are permitted to take onboard aircraft, it seems that keeping the public ‘in the know’ about the latest security developments is vital to ensuring a smooth transit and peace of mind as they pass through travel hubs.
The government scheme to put immigration officials at Gatwick in uniform was designed to bolster public confidence in the work of the immigration services, Home Office minister Tony McNulty commented.
Instituting "highly visible staff" should "deter people who have no right to be here", he explained, referring to the thousands of individuals attempting unauthorised entry to the UK every year.
Last year, almost 4,500 people landing at Gatwick were refused permission to enter the country.
Clad in light blue shirts with navy suits, the Gatwick staff will take their sartorial cue from uniformed immigration officials already stationed at Stansted Airport.