Airports are not fortresses. That’s what the chief of the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport said after the perimeter breach in the early morning hours of Feb. 3, 2019, when a yellow SUV approached the airport from the west side, crashing through an unattended chain-link gate. The vehicle apparently came to rest in a snowbank, where it was ultimately found, after driving across the airfield for nearly three minutes, crashing through another section of fence in the process. Review the key facts of the Cleveland Airport security incident before reviewing approaches to prevent a similar situation from happening again. While this breach didn’t result in a tragedy, it highlights the importance of proper security measures in airports and other secure areas.
Air travel declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, partly because of government restrictions and partly because of people’s fears about contracting the virus while on a plane. As the number of infections and hospitalizations goes down, those roadblocks are slowly being removed, and more people are flying. We at Delta Scientific know that more air traffic means a greater need for security to keep travelers safe.
The need for security measures in public places, such as government buildings and military installations, is obvious. If it wasn’t obvious before, it should be after the assault on our national capital early this year. Private enterprises’ need for security is not always as obvious but is just as pressing, This is especially true of buildings and complexes that see a great deal of traffic on a daily basis. If it is a mix of both foot and motor vehicle traffic, the need is even greater. Here is a summary of security issues at various points in the private sector, as well as solutions that we offer at Delta Scientific.
For almost two decades, airports have been trying to secure themselves from intrusions of all kinds. While airports have been able to reduce the threat of insurgents boarding planes effectively, there are still lapses in external security that could prove extremely dangerous. The security gate is by far the weakest point in any fence-based security plan.
Modern airports are international centers of human interaction and have become prime targets for terrorist groups. Keeping the public safe at airports is a big a challenge to law enforcement and airport management. Skillful designers employ modern methods to enhance the appearance of airport facilities and keep security at the necessary levels.