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Airport shops could face overhaul


Plans to remodel Glasgow airport so that more of its shops are located in secure areas are being considered by BAA, in the wake of new rules which severely restrict what passengers can take through security checks, the Scotsman newspaper has revealed.

Passengers are prevented from carrying liquids through airport security, sending sales of soft drinks and gifts such as whisky plummeting at shops which are located prior to security screening in 'landside' areas at the airport. But shops in 'airside' areas are rpoerted to have made a fortune as passengers stock up on food, water and duty free alcohol.

Now BAA is re-examining plans to alter the layout at Glasgow airport, where a large number of shops are still located landside - before security. It would mean that passengers would pass through the airport's security at an earlier stage than at present, allowing more shops and restaurants to be included in the secure area.

Among the planned benefits is the creation of a unified security searching area, replacing the 3 areas that exist at present. However a BAA spokesman stressed the Glasgow plans remained 'one of a number of options' and would be part of the long-term redevelopment of the airport.

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