Aaron - passenger security lead
"When I was in the Armed Forces, I spent some time as a Physical Training Instructor. That may be hard to believe now - it's safe to say I’m no gym buff anymore!
"I’m Aaron, Passenger Security Lead at Gatwick. I came to the airport right after I'd finished a six-year stint in the Armed Forces. I joined back in 2002, when I was 17, and worked my way up to Lance Corporal rank.
Many of the skills I learned in the services have definitely been put to good use in the various security roles I've had at Gatwick.
"As a PTI it was my responsibility to develop and maintain fitness across the Army, so that individuals and units were prepared for physically demanding military tasks. Once I had tours in Afghanistan and Iraq under my belt, I decided to leave my military career behind and return to civilian life.
"It did take quite a bit of adjustment when I first joined Gatwick, especially as I'd become so used to the Army culture. The way you issue orders and commands in the military wouldn't be as well-received in the civilian world; I had to completely adapt my communication style. However, many of the skills I learned in the services have definitely been put to good use in the various security roles I've had at Gatwick.
"Part of the reason I love working here is that the airport is continually changing and my team, in particular, is constantly having to evolve. For example, within the next few years, we'll be starting to use CT scanners on luggage going through security, meaning passengers will be able to leave laptops and liquids in their bags.
"The dynamic environment here is very similar to Army life. I guess it's why I've stayed at Gatwick for so long, and certainly have no plans to leave!"
We're very lucky to have a number of ex-military personnel, like Aaron, working with us in a range of different roles.