Friday, March 4, 2011

'Soft Underbelly' of Security Exposed Following Airport Attacks, Experts Warn

Two recent attacks at international airports expose a "soft underbelly of aviation security" at terminals in the United States and around the world, industry experts told

"As [Wednesday's] attack in Frankfurt revealed, the open area of the airports, whether parking areas, loading/unloading zones, and the terminals themselves, have historically been prime targets [for terrorists]," Andrew Thomas, editor of the Journal of Transportation Security, wrote in an email to "There is no reason to believe that this won't continue to be the case."

Since Transportation Security Administration officials have "overwhelmingly focused" their efforts on passenger and baggage screening, Thomas said vulnerabilities at locations like terminals, ticket counters and other areas prior to security checkpoints will remain, both domestically and abroad.

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