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Heathrow Mulls Adoption of Israeli “Ring of Steel” Security

Ben Gurion Airport (Photo: flickr/emeryjl)

A security mechanism used by Israel at Ben Gurion Airport is possibly going to be employed at Heathrow Airport, as well. The Jerusalem Post reports that heightened concerns of ISIS attacks have British authorities considering what is known as the "ring of steel":

According to a British Times report Sunday, the initiative - dubbed "ring of steel" - would see the deployment of plainclothes security personnel throughout one of Europe's busiest travel hubs.

A revised security regime could reportedly comprise of undercover officers stationed in departure and arrival halls along with reinforcement from custodial and maintenance staff. Increased surveillance of baggage handlers was also mentioned as a potential new measure.

The report on the new security measures under consideration emerged after a senior Israeli intelligence official last week pointed to European airports as potential targets for terrorist attacks.

The Times cited the source as warning that the Islamic State group was gearing up to conduct more aviation attacks following a number of heinous strikes in Paris and Brussels over the past year and the deadly bombing of a Russian airline in 2015 in Egypt.

“We know the level of security at every airport in the world,” the source was quoted as saying. “There’s a lot to improve in many airports in Europe..."

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