Brussels attacks: tents in front of departure hall to disappear

Brussels attacks: tents in front of departure hall to disappear
Heightened security measures at Brussels Airport will continue to be in place but will be less obvious to the public.© Belga

From November 7th, passengers going through Brussels Airport will no longer be subject to pre-screening in the white tents installed opposite the departure hall, after the March 22nd attacks. The Interior Minister, Jan Jambon and the Brussels Airport CEO, Arnaud Feist, made this announcement yesterday (Wednesday).

They said, “We are moving from highly visible security measures to those which are less conspicuous, albeit with a heightened security level.”

The Minister mentioned “the development of a new concept of security, integrating human control and technology use.”

These technological measures comprise the use of facial recognition cameras and registration plates, as means of identification.

The access road to the airport (the A201) will have a barrier system which can hold up cars if necessary.

Airport officials will also receive training in detecting suspicious behaviour.

A faster response team will be put in place and the federal police will be present in the airport’s operation centre.

“The combination of all of these measures will make the situation safer,” Mr Jambon explained.

The objective is to eventually extend the new security concept to regional airports across Belgium.

The Brussels Times

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