What you should also realise in regard to being offered overtime is that the morning staff have been on duty from around 0300 to 1300. To be offered overtime to meet the afternoon / evening surge means having to go home for as little as a hour and a half before returning. After travelling time what's the point.You can only offer so much overtime. And people may not want to take it. So in reality offering that is pointless. Oh and they'll also have to be trained and go under the training to be a security officer. I don't see the point.
The sector that was banging on and on and on at the DFT and Grant Shapps door only to be ignored, passed off, and shafted. It's unbelievable the press going for airports about this. They really should be slating Shapps for his useless rainbow traffic light system and Rishi for his narcissistic approach when it came to packages of support. But alas the press are not that intelligent.
I think everyone also needs to remember security is not just at the channel we, as passengers pass through. The security team are responsible for the whole airfield and ensuring it's secure and doing checks repeatedly. They are responsible for allowing staff onto the airfield which includes the crews for all flights, fullers, all your ground staff to board flights etc. That is through a separate channel which needs manning 24/7. And finally any vehicle which leaves airside and then wants to come back through OR any vehicle entering the airfield zone needs a thorough check before been let onto the airfield. This means all your catering trucks for everyone to enjoy a cuppa or buy bottle of gin on board, any vehicles belonging to ground handlers, and fullers delivering fuel to the airport. Both these channels (Staff and Vehicle) at LBA are manned from the same building.
There is also security staff which are needed to process airside passes and therefore give them out to staff which are desperately needed in security and by airlines for crew etc. Security at an airport is a big job and not just what we see. And the press won't educate the public as that doesn't sell.
If you stayed at the airport you may as well be working and switching off and then back on again can be challenging. Continue working on site or don't offer it at all.