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Queues and questions at Europe's airports

Queues and questions at Europe's airports
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Patience is a virtue – an age-old adage that air travellers would do well to remember, with tighter security heaping hours onto check-in times in the wake of a failed bombing.

American authorites requested tighter controls at airports worldwide after the botched bid to blow up a US plane.

In the Danish capital, the message has been understood.

“On all American departures, there will be an extra security check at the gate,” said Johnnie Müller, Head of Security at Copenhagen Airport. “They will do the same as they do here at our central checkpoint. It is an additional filter so it is actually two security checks. We are checking everything. We touch all passengers, so to speak. We look at all bags.”

The plane involved in the Christmas Day incident had set off from Amsterdam, bound for Detroit. Security in the Netherlands has been stepped up, with controversial body scanners in use, although they are not compulsory for passengers.

“I think it is good. I think they check you completely so it is good, actually,” said one woman travelling from Schiphol.

“It is a very important thing, I think, for everybody’s security. So everybody has to be patient,” a male passenger agreed.

It is a struggle for the aviation industry to stay one step ahead, with goodwill from passengers crucial to ensuring the system works smoothly.

With hi-tech and more traditional methods such as sniffer dogs in our airports, the question remains – how could a man smuggle explosives on board a transatlantic flight?