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Rocky 53, a tactical explosive detection dog assigned to the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, sniffs out explosives

Airline data-sharing has raised significant privacy concerns.

Increasing Security

July 2011, Number 02.03

“For the past 10 years, the goal of airport security has been to keep bombs and bombers off planes. Airport buildings themselves were not considered high priority targets. But that changed in January 2011 when a suicide bomber attacked Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, killing 35 and injuring more than 100. The blast occurred in the international arrivals hall, where passengers meet family and friends after passing through customs. The Domodedovo attack appears to be the first time that violent extremists have attacked an unrestricted airport area since the failed 2007 bombing at Glasgow Airport in Scotland, when assailants rammed a fiery truck into glass doors near the passenger check-in counter.

In response to the attack in Moscow, Russian authorities widened the airport security net to include public airport areas and mandated security screenings for all those entering a Russian airport. The governments of the Czech republic and Ukraine have also beefed up security by equipping airports with more bomb-sniffing dogs and sharpshooters. Just weeks after the Moscow attacks, the European Commission introduced a plan to begin passenger security screenings at the time of ticket purchase and share this data among European Union members...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Increasing Security,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 3, 2011: 60-63.

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