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British Airways ‘Dream Team’ surprise customers for Sport Relief at Gatwick

Stars including Gary Lineker & gymnast Louis Smith, served customers at Gatwick on the check in desk and assisted them with their bags, in an effort to raise money for sport relief.

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Max Whitlock helps British Airways customers at Gatwick Airport by becoming a baggage porter for the morning. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Customers checking in to British Airways today are getting a very unique experience as British Airways Dream Team show their support for sport relief.

The airline has created a celebrity Dream Team made up of sporting stars who helped travellers on their journey in exchange for a donation.

Gary Lineker with a young British Airways customer and staff at Gatwick to raise money for Sport Relief(Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Retired footballer and current sports broadcaster Gary Lineker, as well as gymnast Louis Smith were assisting customers as part of British Airways’ Dream Team.

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Gymnast Louis Smith helps on the check in desk. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

British athlete Richard Whitehead helps British Airways customers at Gatwick Airport on the bag drop (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways

Also on the BA Dream Team were gymnast and five-time Olympic medallist, Max Whitlock; British athlete Richard Whitehead; former sprint and hurdling athlete Colin Jackson; television presenter Helen Skelton; Olympic champion Sally Gunnell; former rugby union player Ugo Monye and rugby union player, Ben Foden.

British athlete Colin Jackson (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Gary Lineker lays his skills on the table (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Helen Skelton (C) helps British Airways customers at Gatwick by checking in passengers (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

British athlete Sally Gunnell (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Sally Gunnell OBE has also just been announced as Age UK West Sussex’s official ambassador for the Vélo South 100-mile cycle. For more on that story, click here.

Ugo Monye (L) and Ben Foden help British Airways customers with baggage at Gatwick (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Sports personalities (in white) L-R: Max Whitlock, Ugo Monye, Richard Whitehead, Helen Skelton, Louis Smith, Sir Chris Hoy, Sally Gunnell, Colin Jackson and Ben Foden pose for a photo with British Airways staff whilst helping to raise money for Sport Relief at Gatwick (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

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Criminals beware, Project Servator has launched at Gatwick and it WILL spot you!

Unpredictable, that’s the key word for the project launched at Gatwick Airport for the first time, ensuring that security checks are performed without any notice.

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In this day and age we all feel a sense of safety whenever we see a police patrol going about their business.  None more so than at an airport.

“deter, detect and disrupt hostile reconnaissance”

Now Gatwick has gone one step further and adopted the national project Servator that has performed so well up and down the country.

Inspector James Biggs from the Gatwick Police Prevention Team explained:

“Project Servator is a project initiated by the city of London police that has now gone nationwide including railway stations and airports.

It’s designed to deter, detect and disrupt the hostile reconnaissance coming to the airport and places of interest.  That’s all levels of criminality from shoplifters to terrorists.

The project has been live nationwide for a number of a years which is why we adopted it here.”

But what is it?

The aim is be as unpredictable as possible and run security checks utilising all arms of the available resources available to the police, from uniformed to plain clothed and armed officers.  Additionally the use of dogs and the sophisticated CCTV and number plate recognition software all combine to create the airports very own ring of steel.

The officers have been specially trained to detect people who may come to the airport and act in a different manner.  Something not easy in an environment as busy as Gatwick where the people change every single hour and day.

But it is not just within the airport buildings that the project is undertaken.

Road checkpoints have also been set up ensuring that if anyone even thinks about getting close to the airport for wrong reasons then they will have no choice but to come face to face with the police.

Whilst the whole project is all about being unpredictable and therefore catching out would-be criminals, there is an additional side that could be witnessed first hand while watching the officers in action.

Smiles on the faces of passengers.

The very presence, the interaction and the belief that Gatwick is showing that safety is of paramount importance to all who both work and travel through the airport.

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