Monday, April 19, 2010

Another day, another threat...

Here's an article from today's paper. Apparently there have been some threats recently in Kuwait, including specific threats to air traffic (and now to the oil fields). I'm especially interested by all the new security measures they are introducing. Maybe now the x-ray machine guards will stop texting for 30 seconds to actually check the scanner! Or not.

Airport security dept ready to deal with any emergencies
MoI puts ‘Special Forces’ on state of alert

KUWAIT CITY, April 18, (Agencies): Director of the airport security in the Ministry of Interior Colonel Iyad Al-Haddad underscored here on Sunday readiness of the airport security department to deal with any emergencies according to an integrated mechanism to ensure the safety of Kuwait International Airport and its facilities.
Al-Haddad said during a tour by the Ministry’s media team to the airport today that the security precautions and the subsequent state of alert comes in case of any sudden incidents or information that may cause a breach of security inside the airport, stressing that any call must be dealt with carefully and seriously.
He said manpower working on gates, around the airport and at open areas has been intensified in order to ensure protection of aircraft on the ground.

He pointed out that all personnel of the airport would be screened with cooperation of various sectors in the ministry’s traffic operations and public security.
Al-Haddad pointed out that the airport operates around the clock and applies the system of open sky due to the large number of flights, airlines and the high rate of arrivals and departures throughout the year.

He called for the need to adhere to the rules of safety and security within the airport and reduce congestion, saying this impedes the movement of travelers during check-ins.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior has put the ‘Special Forces’ on a state of alert as a precautionary measure to guard vital oil establishments after receiving information on likely sabotage operations, reports Al-Anba daily.
A security source said the Special Forces will also be tasked with guarding strategic locations.

In the meantime, the Al-Watan Arabic daily said the Special Forces Department has introduced a new mechanism to protect Kuwaiti airplanes.
According to reliable security sources scores of securitymen trained in anti-riots and bomb disposal operations will undergo a one-week rigorous training and persons who pass the course with at least 98 percent will be hired to protect airplanes in mid-air.

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