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April 19, 2016

ACI Europe backs aviation security at Brussels Airport

Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) has issued a statement that defends Belgium’s Brussels Airport in response to the media criticisms based on security deficiencies at the airport.

By Lopamudra Roy

Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) has issued a statement defending Belgium’s Brussels Airport in response to media criticism regarding its security.

Criticisms have been mounting since the terrorist attacks at the airport on 22 March.

According to ACI Europe, airports are the most regulated and controlled spaces for security purposes among all transport sectors.

A security report recently leaked to the media speaks of an audit of the oversight capabilities of the Belgian authority in correspondence to aviation security.

"According to ACI Europe, airports are the most regulated and controlled spaces for security purposes among all transport sectors."

ACI Europe stated that the report is not an audit of aviation security situations at Brussels, and therefore does not reveal the airport was lacking in security before 22 March.

The terrorists attacked the landside areas of the airport, which allow unrestricted access and do not fall under the aviation security regime.

The federal police and other national law enforcement entities are responsible for security in these areas.

According to ACI Europe, Brussels Airport undergoes regular monitoring in line with EU and national security regulations.

The organisation claims that all European airports lay major emphasis on both safety and security of the passengers.

Airports only posses a legal mandate for aviation security, whereas the maintenance of law and order within the airport is the responsibility of the police.

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