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Heathrow airport has warned airlines that passengers could face 12-hour delays next week when immigration officers go on strike over pensions. Chief operating officer Norman Boivin said there was a danger of "gridlock". Heathrow operator BAA has been holding talks with airlines and the UK Border Agency to try to minimise the impact of Wednesday's public sector strike. PM David Cameron said it was clear there would be an impact at ports and airports but borders would be secure. "At the very least there will be longer queues and people will have to wait longer at borders," his spokesman said. He added that the government was still working on contingency plans and gathering information on the impact of the strikes. 'Fantasy economics' In a letter to all airlines operating into Heathrow, Mr Boivin said: "The delays at immigration are likely to be so long that passengers could not be safely accommodated within the terminals and would need to be held on arriving aircraft. "This in turn would quickly create gridlock at the airport with no available aircraft parking stands, mass cancellations or departing aircraft and diversions outside the UK for arriving aircraft." He added: "Modelling of the impacts of strike action on passenger flows at Heathrow show that there are likely to be very long delays of up to 12 hours to arriving passengers." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15884527