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Published on : Thursday, June 30, 2016
Following the Ataturk International Airport attack, airports across the USA are seeing an increased security presence inside and outside their terminals. The ghastly attack at Istanbul killed 42 people and 239 people were injured.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that the three armed attackers opened fire and then blew themselves up at Turkey’s biggest airport, where the passengers are screened before entering the terminal.
No American airport screen their passengers before entering the terminal and the security check procedures are different in the United States from those followed across the Middle East. Airports in New York, Miami, Atlanta and San Francisco will have an increased police presence in the wake of the attack but will not have any screening of passengers before they enter terminals.
Aviation security in the United States has focused its efforts on checkpoints after the ticket counters, where the Transportation Security Administration screens all passengers and carry-on luggage before they may proceed to the gates. The local law enforcement agencies of the United States take the lead of any security before the passengers pass through the checkpoints but are not screened as they arrive at airports. However, while travelling to Middle East countries, there might be enhanced safety measures that the passengers need to go through before the terminals. In fact, when someone books a ticket out of Israel’s flagship airport, their names are run through a database to look for their identities and are vetted before they arrive for their flights. While approaching the Middle Eastern terminals, behavioural detection officers look for whether the physical or behavioural signs are in consistency with the regular travelling process.
The rigmarole of the scrutinising procedure might be irritating at times but passengers should cooperate with the officers to avoid any further devastating attack.