Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Travelers Should Minimize the Time They Spend on the "Soft" Side of the Airport

There is a near zero chance you will get blown up by a terrorist, but if you are concerned about terrorist attacks, stay away from crowds. Via Stratfor:
Brussels was the scene of multiple explosions on March 22, highlighting the persistent vulnerability of soft targets to simple, effective attacks — as well as the willingness and capability of militants in Western Europe to undertake those attacks...
Militants have long targeted the soft area outside airports' security sectors. For example, a Palestinian militant group known as the Abu Nidal Organization attacked ticket desks in Rome and Vienna in December 1985, and a ticket desk at Los Angeles International Airport was attacked by a gunman in July 2002. In 2011, a bomb attack at Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport killed 35 people and injured more than 160. The departure and arrival areas outside of airport security usually provide a sizable pool of potential victims who can be attacked without having to sneak weapons past security. This is why travelers should minimize the time they spend on the "soft" side of the airport. 


  1. There is a near zero chance you will get blown up by a terrorist

    Tell it to the relatives of the victims. If Europe had only keep Muslims out. No matter how small the chance, it is unnecessary to impose it on the citizens of civilized countries. Side effects of domestic terrorism are domestic spying, prohibition of privacy and encryption, militarization of police, searches before entering entertainment, searches of cars before entering malls and airports, etc.

  2. This is assuming of course that the fine folks employed by the Thieves and Sexual Assailants would actually catch a weapon that went through their security checkpoints. History has proven that they're more interested in getting new spank material and pretending to be alphas than providing security or doing their job.