Israeli Airport Gives Rare Glimpse into Security

(AP) Daniel Estrin - Airport security around the world isn't good enough, an Israeli airport official said Tuesday while showing international experts Israel's near-legendary methods as a possible solution. Nahum Liss of the Israel Airports Authority said, "In the U.S., profiling is a bad word," but he defended the practice, saying it is done by "intelligent, motivated" university students who served in Israel's military and can identify passengers who could pose a potential risk. Routine security procedures start far away from the terminal. Before even entering the airport, all cars are stopped for a security check by armed guards. Cameras scan license plates to match them with a database of suspicious vehicles. The airport's main terminal is equipped with 700 closed-circuit cameras and is fortified against explosions. The large glass wall at the front and even the trash cans inside are bombproof.

2010-11-03 10:26:12

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