Airport security


Finally I could hear it in the news this morning that there are plans to introduce security checks before entering aiport terminals. That is the only place where I’m always afraid. If you’ve ever experienced a normal check-in during peak time at Heathrow for example, you know what I’m talking about. Around 200 check-in counters in a hall, at least 10 passengers per counter plus relatives. It means a few thousand people in one closed space. Ideal place for blowing up a bomb. Why would any terrorist take the risk and try to smuggle something through security, when there’s such a good opportunity for him? Let’s face it, this is a perfect security hole. The only city where I could see security guards everywhere around the place even outside the terminals is Tel Aviv. Take their example, they must be perfect in security. For them it’s really a matter of life or death. Or isn’t it so everywhere?

I hope this weekend’s events will wake aiport security officials up everywhere in the world and they will realize the importance of security checks outside and at the entrance of airport terminal buildings.

By Szafi

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3 Responses to “Airport security”


  1. 1 balint01 July 2, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    Yes, it’s a good idea, but it still carries a risk, as there are parking houses outside of the terminal at most airports, which then can still serve as a place to blow up a bomb. Which actually happened not so long ago at Madrid’s beautiful new T4 as well. Hadn’t they called in advance (ETA), (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Madrid_Barajas_International_Airport_bombing) it would have killed a large number of people (this way it was “only” two people sleeping in a car). I was personally there that day, flying out of MAD, and about 5 hours after the bomb went off, we were still choking from the smoke, and they were trying to repair the broken windows and doors of the terminal, it was scary…) The whole parking house collapsed actually. If there would have been a security check outside the terminal building with a large line waiting for the check (which in itself would take longer as you have to check the passenger, all the luggages and all the family members), it would have been disastrous. If you take the security check from the current location to the entrance of the terminal buildings, then you should take it outside the entrance of the parking houses, but then you should take it further outside, by checking every car entering the vicinity of an airport – which would mean cars would line up before the check, which then would be a good target for a bomb… And then you can also take a bomb in the metro, which stops underneath the terminal building for example… In my opinion it’s impossible to provide even a “close to 100%” protection, and it must be a compromise between security protection and efficient people flow (different for every particular airport considering it’s local set-up), but you’re right, it would make sense to monitor all people entering the terminal building as it is an exceptionally high density area, especially in the summer time! And I also totally understand your fear when waiting in such an area…

  2. 2 szafi July 2, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Yep, the problem is always when it comes to closed spaces. Whenever a bomb is exploded, it always looses effect in open space. Closed halls are the worst.

  3. 3 5on3off January 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I’ve thought about that many times…. the check in hall is an ideal place to wreak havoc. However I do worry whether we’re gonna get a bit carried away with the security measures… have you read about the full body scans they want to introduce in the UK? Doesn’t that kinda breach personal privacy? I’m not sure I’m a fan…


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