France ups security at Paris airports

2016-05-20 05:16
(AFP)

(AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Paris - French authorities have tightened security at Paris airports since last year's attacks in the city, with thousands of border police officers, custom personnel, soldiers and private guards patrolling daily in the three airports serving the French capital.

In addition to thousands of police, army and customs members, about 5 000 security guards working for private contractors are assigned to the Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle, Orly and Le Bourget airports, according to Paris Aeroport, the authority in charge.

These forces are responsible for ensuring security both in the airports' public areas and in reserved areas, such as boarding areas, baggage sorting sections and tarmac areas where only passengers with boarding passes and airport staff with special red badges are allowed.

At the Charles-de-Gaulle Airport, a few hours after learning a Paris-Cairo plane went missing approaching Egypt, Salama Kordeya, a 66-year-old business traveller, shrugged off questions about whether he was comfortable stepping on to the next EgyptAir flight to Cairo.

"Thousands of car accidents [happen every day] and we use cars," he told journalists waiting outside departures. "I'm not afraid."

Since the deadly attacks last year in Paris, several security-building measures have been put in place in the city's airports.

In the terminals, the number of patrols has increased in public areas, video surveillance has been strengthened with 9 000 CCTV cameras overall, bags and coats have been subject to random checks at the entrances, police dog teams who can detect explosives are patrolling, and "profiling" agents trained to detect "unusual behaviours" have been recruited.

Earlier this month, Christophe Blondel-Deblangy, an official with the special state representative in charge of the security at the Charles-de-Gaulle, said a "specific intelligence cell" made up of about 30 police, army and custom officers, will be assigned to CDG airport on a daily basis, starting next month.

In Charles-de-Gaulle Airport alone - the second biggest in Europe and the ninth in the world for passenger traffic - about 86 000 of the 100 000 airport staff - baggage handlers, airline boarding staff, duty free shop employees, maintenance workers, restaurant staff, firefighters, rescue workers, air traffic controllers - carry "red badges" that provide access to restricted areas of the airports.

These badges are given for three years by local authorities, not by the airports, after several police investigations.

Last December, after the deadly November 13 Paris attacks, the head of the Paris Aeroport authority, Augustin de Romanet, said that nearly 70 red badges had been withdrawn "for the phenomenon of radicalisation," and 4 000 lockers of personnel were searched.

Since the attacks of September 11 2001 in the US, all luggage going in the hold is controlled, particularly to detect explosives, with the help of more than 150 specialised machines, the authority said. The Paris airports have 250 checkpoints with X-ray screening to check all the passengers, luggage, airport staff, goods and vehicles entering the restricted areas.


Read more on:    egyptair  |  france  |  9/11 attacks  |  brussels attacks  |  paris under attack

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.