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Child co-designs Gatwick security walk-through

A passenger arrives at the South Terminal of Gatwick Airport in southern England.

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At the airport

London's Gatwick airport has credited a seven-year-old boy with co-designing a new children's security walk-through. As a thank you, Ross Sandwell got to cut the ribbon to open the airport's 19-lane security zone. The youngster's classmates also contributed layout ideas. Children now enter security through a 2.4-metre-high castle and meet their parents at the other end. Two security lanes are reserved for families and for passengers with reduced mobility. The design is intended to reduce stress.

On the job

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Sources: Gatwick, Expedia, Preferred Hotel Group

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