Monday, November 04, 2013

AIRPORT SECURITY - How Secure, Can We Do Better?

"How secure can we make our airports?" PBS Newshour 11/2/2013


HARI SREENIVASAN (Newshour):  And now back to that attack at LAX yesterday.  For more about its possible repercussions, we’re joined from Washington by Rafi Ron, he’s a security expert and the former director of security at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.

So Mr. Ron, I think the first thing most people are asking this morning is, “What did we miss?  How could we have stopped this?”

RAFI RON:  Well, I think that, uh, for the last 12 years, uh, we have focused tremendously on the security of the aircraft, or the flight.  And we paid relatively little attention to the security of the airport facility.  Um, we, uh, obviously, uh, seem to have forgotten about some of the experience that the European airports have suffered way back at the peak of attacks against aviation in Europe – way back in the 70s and 80s – where most of the major airports in Europe, including Paris, Munich, Zurich, and others were attacked on the ground, leaving many casualties behind.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  But one of the things people are considering is arming the TSA.  Good idea?  Bad idea?

RAFI RON:  No, I think it’s a bad idea actually because we need to keep in mind – we’re looking at about over 50,000 screeners that were not selected on the basis of their ability to carry a weapon.

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