Airport code for engagement rings
Published 13/02/2010 | 08:39
Airport security workers will play Cupid to passengers in the run-up to Valentine's Day with a code system to avoid uncovering engagement rings.
Manchester Airport says romantic getaways have been almost ruined in the past few years as security staff revealed the rings during routine searches.
Travellers can whisper the secret phase "be my Valentine" so they can be taken away for a private search behind a screen.
Mike Fazackerley, Manchester Airport's director of customer services and security, explained: "Our security staff are more than happy for passengers to use the secret phrase, especially if it avoids ruining a romantic proposal they had planned.
"We want to make all of our customers' journeys easier but also to ensure our high standards of security are not compromised."
The special measures will remain in place on Monday.
The new clause to its airport aviation procedures states: "Aviation security officers at outbound control are to inspect passenger hand baggage behind the privacy screen if given the code words 'be my Valentine' by the passenger at the point where he/she is advised that further baggage inspection is required."