Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Moscow blasts shows airport vulnerability

This story will be found all over the media today but bears repeating in this space. The explosion in one of Moscow's major airports underscores a problem that no amount of passenger screening and protection of travelers and aircraft beyond checkpoints can ever solve. The most vulnerable places for people to be these days are not aboad airplanes but at major transportation hubs, like airport arrival halls, train stations, ferry terminals and the like. We can still take heart from the fact terrorist acts such as this one are still extraordinarily rare, and have yet to keep people from abandoning all travel.

Moscow blasts shows airport vulnerability

This story will be found all over the media today but bears repeating in this space. The explosion in one of Moscow's major airports underscores a problem that no amount of passenger screening and protection of travelers and aircraft beyond checkpoints can ever solve. The most vulnerable places for people to be these days are not aboad airplanes but at major transportation hubs, like airport arrival halls, train stations, ferry terminals and the like. We can still take heart from the fact terrorist acts such as this one are still extraordinarily rare, and have yet to keep people from abandoning all travel.    

Tom Belden
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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