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article imageTSA assist with London airport security during Olympics (update)

By Anne Sewell     Jul 17, 2012 in Sports
London - With the Olympic Games just a few days away, and last minute security staff problems occurring, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration is going to step in to help.
Digital Journal reported on the last minute changes in security for the London Olympics 2012, when G4S admitted that they could not train and supply sufficient security staff. 3,500 British soldiers are being tasked with the job of keeping London safe during the Games.
However, this still apparently leaves a shortfall in security staff for the London airports, to handle the massive crowds flying in for the event.
Apparently the TSA has prepared its personnel ready to be deployed at the airports before, during and after the Olympic Games. They will apply their skills to assist their U.K. colleagues to bolster security.
In a new agreement between the U.K.'s Department of Transport and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, staff from TSA are set to arrive a week before, and to stay for a further week after the London Olympics.
Sky's correspondent reports, "This is an added security layer that has been done to help boost and aid the American airlines in particular that fly in and out of the likes of Heathrow and other airports.”
This move is aimed to aid U.S. carrier's security and also that of U.K. airlines flying in and out of America during the London Olympics.
Besides the shortfall generally in security personnel for the Olympics, the Observer newspaper reported just two days ago that Heathrow immigration staff actually missed a number of people on a security watch list, whose arrival must be reported to counter-terrorism police or to the U.K.'s domestic intelligence service. Seems they just sailed through security with no problems at all.
According to a senior border officer interviewed by the newspaper, inexperienced new recruits, who are employed to help shorten queues after many complaints over long waiting times, are repeatedly "missing" people of interest as they reach passport control.
The official states that he was personally aware of three terror suspects, all registered on the Home Office suspect index system, who have passed through with no problem during his shifts, since the start of July. He states that another colleague alleged that five suspects were "missed" in one day earlier this month.
The official stated, "It's all new faces. The rest of the staff, I have no idea where they have come from, how long they are here for, what their background is. These are people who have been forced by their own department to come here."
So now there will be TSA personnel at the airports, an extra 3,500 British troops to guard the events, on top of the 7,500 troops already deployed at around 100 sensitive sites. Police are also being brought into various venues to help fill the shortfall.
Update: RT is reporting in a new video (below) that along with the TSA agents, 500 FBI agents will also be traveling to the UK to assist with security:
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