Airports in Europe Looking to Add More Security Technology

The explosions at Brussels Airport exposed the lack of security of the public spaces before security checkpoints.

LONDON — The deadly terrorism-fueled explosions at Brussels Airport have officials in Europe questioning the security of its airports.

The Wall Street Journal reports that there are concerns over the public spaces of airports precede the airside part of the airports, in which passengers go through the typical security protocols.

“The aviation-security checkpoint has been under intense scrutiny, it is heavily regulated, it works,” says Matthew Finn, managing director of Augmentiq, a security consulting firm. “But we still finds ourselves with public spaces, such as the check-in area in Brussels, that are vulnerable.”

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So how can airports secure those public spaces? Some say the answer can be found in modern technology rather than a security checkpoint to get into the airport in the first place.

Digital Barrier PLC, a security equipment provider based in London, has developed sensors that are able to detect suicide belts, submachine guns and other hidden threats at a range of 50 feet, according to the report. The company’s ThruVis camera, which can be hidden, can see through clothes and detect concealed objects as people walk by

Zak Doffman, the company’s chief executive, says the technology is already being used in some airports and that they’re seeing a “renewed interest at the moment.”

Read the full WSJ story by clicking on the link above.

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