How to Stay Safe at the Airport
It’s sad that we now have to think about things like airport safety when we travel, but it’s our unfortunate new reality. As I’ve said many times before, we must continue to live our lives as we normally would and not let fear take hold of us or our nation. In fact, that’s why I keep traveling, even more than I normally would, to lead by example.
However, I’m always thinking of ways to be safer. This New York Times article, “How to Stay Safe at the Airport,” reveals some good information. Most of it I already practice, but it’s a helpful reminder for all of us. Below is an excerpt of questions and answers from Mike Ackerman, a travel security expert:
“If you are in an airport, and there is a potential shooter on-site, what should you do?
The minute you hear a loud noise or any commotion, move away from it—not toward it—Mr. Ackerman said. ‘There is a tendency for people to be curious when they hear a loud noise and go toward the trouble, but you want to do just the opposite,’ he said.
How do you increase your chances of staying safe at an airport?
When you get to the airport and have checked in, get through security as quickly as possible, said Mr. Ackerman, because if an attack is going to happen, it will likely be in the area before fliers reach security. ‘Most attacks in airports, including the attacks in Brussels and Istanbul earlier this year, happen before security checkpoints because the bulk of armed personnel are at, and after you get through, security, and a shooter likely doesn’t want to deal with them,’ he said.
In addition, Mr. Studdiford advised staying away from areas where people tend to congregate, such as ticket counters, self-service kiosks and baggage claim. ‘If an attack is going to happen at an airport, it’s likely going to be where there are crowds, so you’re better off staying away from these spots as much as possible,’ he said.”
Read the full article: “How to Stay Safe at the Airport.”
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