The recent attack at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport brings to mind the kind of protection provided by airports to travelers. If you will recall the history of almost 1,000 attacks on airports, most have used bombs or undertaken hijacking or sabotage. There were a very insignificant number of attacks on the airport’s public places.
Aside from the most recent attack on the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport, a similar attack took place in 1972 at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel with terrorists killing 26 persons and injuring dozens more. After the tragic 9/11 attacks, reforms in the aviation industry focused on protecting aircraft from bombs and hijackers. Airports increased the requirements for personnel in charge of receiving airport credentials so as to counteract any inside threats. However, there were no improvements on the security of the airport’s public areas.
The duties of transport security include screening of bags and people but not policing airports. Ensuring the availability of airport police to respond to acts of unlawful interference is the responsibility of the airport operator. Local police at the airports are paid through the local airport revenues to enforce security and protection.
Response requirements include immediate response from the police on issues at checkpoints on inbound and outbound aircraft. The police support the contingency and incident management of the airports. Having an “active shooter” is not one of the specific requirements of transport security but some airports include one in their security programs as proactive measure.
Airports can stop killings by having an effective law enforcement patrol and other proactive measures that can deter, detect and respond to a possible shooter. Some airports have trained their own personnel to respond to any critical situations. With tight security measures, it has become quite difficult to put a bomb on a plane but security in the airport’s public places must also be strictly enforced.
One of the common problems in airports is transport options. Aside from taxis, there are airport transfers cairns to Port Douglas for both domestic and foreign travelers. By booking for an airport transfer before your travel, you are assured of transport waiting for you at the airport upon your arrival.