Stoical travellers say, don’t let them win

TOURISTS at Newcastle Airport were yesterday undeterred by the heightened security alert, with most more concerned about potential flight disruption than a terror attack.

TOURISTS at Newcastle Airport were yesterday undeterred by the heightened security alert, with most more concerned about potential flight disruption than a terror attack.

Tony and Elaine McNainey, of Chester-le-Street, waiting for a flight to Egypt, were unruffled. Elaine, 49, a sales adviser, said: “You’ve got your holiday booked, so you’ve just got to get on with it. I was a bit concerned last night, but I’m not scared.

“What worried us most was going through more security checks and longer delays. But you know it’s for your own safety. It’s not very nice, but what can you do?”

IT worker Kathryn Scott, 23, of Hebburn, South Tyneside, who was flying to Tunisia, said: “I just try not to think about it. I’m not majorly concerned – it’s probably safer to fly now if security is heightened.

“It’s quite a selfish thing to say, but there’s more of a concern that you don’t want your holiday to be disrupted. It’s the same as the London bombings – don’t let them win.”

Friends John Bennett and Mike Thompson, both 28 and from London, were on their way home from a stag weekend in Newcastle. John said: “We’re quite used to it. You’re not so worried about getting blown up, just that you need to get home.”

Mike said: “The airport’s probably the safest place to be at the minute, with the extra security. My first reaction to the news on Saturday night was, ‘Are we going to get home’?”

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