The recent bombings in Brussels have brought more than a little attention to airport security issues not related to physically boarding and occupying an airline, rather in the terminals themselves. According to a recent Washington Examiner article by Sean Higgins, anti-terrorism experts are declaring that “the crowds of waiting passengers caused by the need to check for weapons and bombs inadvertently creates its own terrorism target.”
The article suggests that terrorists are looking for mass casualty targets. If they can’t get on the plane, they seek out another approach, experts say. Airport terminals become a likely target. In fact, according to reports it appears the terrorists in Brussels showed no indication of boarding a plane at all. Their target was the terminal’s main area. “Public spaces seem to be their killing fields now,” according to Bill Jenkins, a terrorism policy expert with the Rand Corporation.
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