Yesterday morning, the world awoke to yet another terrorist bombing in Europe.
But this attack struck fear in the heart of travelers, as the first explosions were at the check-in area of Brussels Airport, followed by another at a central subway station.
The current death toll is at 34, with upwards of 200 wounded.
Terrorists simply walked into the unsecured areas of the airport and subway station and exploded their bombs. As expected, security measures were on heightened alert around the world,
These public areas before security – such as check-in spaces or the security lines themselves – have long been mentioned as “soft targets” that could be seen as terrorist targets.
In addition, the departure and arrival areas outside of airport security usually provide a sizable pool of potential victims that can be attacked without having to smuggle weapons past security. This is why experts recommend travelers minimize time they spend in the ‘soft’ areas of the airport.
It is not enough to have security checkpoints in-place for ticketed passengers heading to the plane or gates of airports.
Vigilance Is The New Normal
Could we handle what happened in Brussels?
Given how short-staffed TSA is and the lines of hundreds congregated, waiting to get through security that stretches out the door – probably not.
Currently, anyone can walk in, there’s no security to get into an airport, to detonate a suicide bomb or spray a crowd with bullets.
Secure Airports Properly
It is high time to expand the buffer ring at airports and increase the checkpoints before entering the airport building.