In the aftermath of the Brussels attacks, security questions have been raised regarding European airports. Many countries in the European Union have heightened security measures; here’s a breakdown of how each country is handling the issue to prevent further attacks.
For now, Austria’s Ministry of the Interior indicates that the number of police officers have increased, but new or additional security checks have not been put in place so that travelers don’t necessarily need to plan extra time at airport security lines.
It’s also been explained that any long-term plans to change airport security will be discussed on a European level.
A cabinet member of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure revealed:
The security measures and threat awareness at Croatian airports have been raised following the events in Brussels yesterday.
The Czech Republic
A spokesperson for Prague Airport has said:
On behalf of the airport, I can say that passengers currently mustn’t worry about longer waits at the airport. The length of passenger handling hasn’t been influenced.
There will be more Copenhagen Police seen at the Copenhagen Airport since the aftermath of the Brussels attack calls for high alert.
We will be watching out for suspicious behavior and abandoned objects at the airport and at other transportation hubs throughout the city.
Director General of Civil Aviation at the Finnish Transport Safety Agency, Pekka Henttu, said:
Customs and other airport authorities are working with increased alertness. Airports are operating with the same methods as they did after Paris attacks in November. For the public, there’s a much more visible police presence. No additional checks, but as a policy we don’t ever disclose the level at which we are working for security reasons. For people traveling, you’ll see more police than normal and we recommend you leave a little extra time to go through security.
On Tuesday, French Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve explained that Paris would deploy 1,600 police to the city’s airports, and sea and rail border checkpoints.
One has to be rational, and find the maximum amount of efficacy…If you carry out security checks at airport entrances, you will block up the airports…If you create queues in front of airports, you’ll also create targets for terrorists.
The German government has already implemented heightened security protection at airports and railway stations following the Brussels attacks.
For the first time, armed police have been deployed to Dublin Airport. Prior to the Brussels attacks, armed forces have never been present at any airports or ports.
At Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, travelers will see sniffer dogs at check-in areas, as well as police in carts.
The Ministry of Safety and Defence has been public about its ways to strengthen security, particularly at its main airports. Armed police will be present in both the interior and exterior or terminals and check points. Heightened security is also being implemented at international train stations all the way to the southern border of the country.
On Tuesday, the Spanish Minister for Home Affairs, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, said in a news conference that:
A catalogue of operational measures whose goal is to reinforce security at airports will de adopted.
For security reasons, additional information regarding specific measures have yet to be revealed. Although airport security has increased, Spain maintains its terror alert level at 4/5.
A spokesperson for Swedavia – the nationally owned company, which owns and operates the major airports of Sweden – said:
We currently have more police, security officers and information advisers on the ground in terminals to ensure travellers feel secure. There are no direct changes to security at present, and we are not advising passengers to leave extra time.
Meanwhile, Transportstyrelsen, a Swedish government agency under the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications that protects travelers’ safety indicates that no plans have been put in place to increase security measures.
At Zurich, police are reviewing security issues:
We are in close contact with other police force, the federal government and our partners at Zurich airport. We remain vigilant and have increased our presence at certain points, Zurich airport being one of them. If deemed necessary, we will take further measures. We can’t comment on police tactics. At present, we see no links between the attacks in Brussels and the Zurich area.
Meanwhile, FEDPOL (Federal office of police in Switzerland) announced that it’s executing efforts in airport security.
Although Department of Transport has yet to publicly announce any major changes at airports, Home Secretary Theresa May spoke to the House of Commons on Wednesday, indicating there will be delays at security checks and at border check points, especially during Easter weekend:
Because we have extra checks — particularly for example at the Channel ports — it maybe that people may experience delays that they otherwise would not have done…People should…look at making sure they have ample time when they are traveling.
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