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UK Speeds Up Checks for New Airport Workers Amid Travel Chaos

Passengers queue to check in at London Heathrow Airport in April. 

Passengers queue to check in at London Heathrow Airport in April. 

Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The British government is speeding up national security checks for new airport workers to address post-pandemic staffing shortages that have contributed to chaos for travelers in the UK and across Europe.

The UK has accelerated the vetting process that all new aviation recruits must undergo, with accreditation checks being completed in around five days on average and counter-terrorist checks taking less than 10 days, according to an emailed press release from the department for transport.