Love is in the air at East Midlands Airport


East Midlands Airport (EMA) is playing cupid this Valentine’s Day to give couples jetting off the best possible start to a romantic trip away.

Once again, the airport is putting in place procedures to avoid scuppering the marriage ‘proposal’ and the awkward situation of engagement rings being discovered during hand-luggage bag searches.

Anyone taking an engagement ring with them through security at EMA can contact the airport in advance of their travel to obtain a ‘secret password’. Passengers who say the ‘password’ to security staff will be separated from their companion into a different security lane so that their bag can be searched away from the gaze of whoever they are travelling with.

To find out what the secret code is, passengers should email in advance of their travel or, alternatively, send a direct message on Twitter to @EMA_Airport.

In addition, EMA is encouraging couples to post their romantic snaps on social media using the hashtag #LoveEMA. The airport’s air traffic control tower is lit-up for Valentine’s Day with a projection which reads “love is in the air”. This provides an ideal backdrop for selfies.

To get their trips off to a winning start, couples can treat themselves to a romantic meal for two at the airport’s very own tapas restaurant, Proof 65. The special menu of four dishes and two drinks for £20 will be available from 14 to 17 February inclusive. With stunning views of the airfield, and delicious in-house prepared food, what better way to start a romantic weekend away?

In its Escape Lounge, travellers looking to treat their loved ones to a sweet Valentine’s gesture can enjoy, pink fizz and heart-shaped shortbread.

Andy Tyler-Smith, East Midlands Airport’s Security and Customer Services Director, says: “We want to ensure that couples flying off for a romantic get-away have the best possible start to their trip. The time spent in an airport is part of the holiday and so it needs to be enjoyable and memorable. For those who have been planning to propose while away, we don’t want to scupper the chances of relationships flourishing. That’s why secret proposal measures are in place to get the engagement off to a flying start.”

Approximately 50,000 passengers are expected to fly to and from East Midlands Airport between the dates of Thursday 14 – Monday 18 February for city breaks, ski holidays and winter sunshine.