Gulf airport security needs ‘total overhaul’ – experts

Gulf airport security needs ‘total overhaul’ – experts

Loopholes in cargo security put region at risk of terror attacks, say experts

By Claire Ferris-Lay

  • Tuesday, 2 November 2010 8:14 AM

The bombs, which were posted from Yemen, were discovered by staff in Dubai Airport and East Midlands Airport, UK. The bomb intercepted in Dubai had travelled more than 1,000 miles

The bombs, which were posted from Yemen, were discovered by staff in Dubai Airport and East Midlands Airport, UK. The bomb intercepted in Dubai had travelled more than 1,000 miles

Security analysts have called for an urgent overhaul of security measures at Gulf airports days after an al-Qaeda cargo bomb posted from Yemen was discovered in Dubai, after travelling more than 1,000 miles on two passenger jets.
The bomb, which was hidden in a printer cartridge, left Sanaa, for Doha, in the hold of an aircraft carrying up to 150 people.
It was transferred to a Dubai flight, with up to 500 passengers, on Friday. The device could have exploded at any time.
Dr Theodore Karasik, of the Institute for Near East & Gulf Military Analysis, said the discovery flagged the need for tightened security measures in Gulf airports.

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