Airports have become much more than merely transportation hubs in the 21st century. They are crossroads of culture, citizenship, immigrant control, as well as being strategic military objects. Airports themselves are obvious terrorist targets: a large number of innocent people are gathered together in one place, they are more or less helpless, and mass media coverage is guaranteed.
It is a fact, however that most terrorist attacks on airports are headed off by forewarning, through intelligence. Only building airports in the shape and size of armoured buildings would prevent terrorist attacks, and this is not certain. It also seems unlikely that security measures can actually stop a determined terrorist from smuggling weapons on board an aircraft. In short, we need to relook at the whole issue of airport security.
Des Ross talks to Radio Sputnik on why we need to relook at the whole area of Airport Safety here.
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