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Officials call airport duty-free shops a security risk

AFP · 31 Dec 2009, 11:10

Published: 31 Dec 2009 11:10 GMT+01:00

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"Having passed through security checks, potential attackers can get everything they need to make a bomb in duty-free shops and restaurants," Rainer Wendt, German police union chief, told the daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.

He said the European Union should "introduce as quickly as possible an EU-wide ban on selling potentially dangerous items like alcohol, perfume and similar things."

Wendt also said it was absurd that metal cutlery was available in airport restaurants and that in some cases cleaning chemicals were lying around "that a resourceful person could make a bomb with."

He told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that security lapses at European airports

were "so bad I don't know where to start."

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The Tagesspiegel daily cited a spokesman for the German pilot's union Cockpit and a security expert from Cottbus University, Wolfgang Spyra, as agreeing that some of the items on sale in duty free posed a potential risk.

The comments came amid calls around the world to tighten security after Nigerian man with suspected links to Al-Qaida allegedly came close to blowing up a US airliner on December 25 with explosive chemicals on his person.

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14:39 December 31, 2009 by The-ex-pat
It is not that your shaving foam was taken from you, the point it, does the can really contain what you say it does. In my younger years, did my litre bottle of shampoo contain shampoo, or a litre of vodka??
18:21 December 31, 2009 by Dogs_Gonads
If you buy anything containing liquid at an airport you should be allowed to take it through the security check-in.

I bought a bottle of coke from WH Smiths at Prestwick airport.Walked out the shop to the security check-in and was told to throw it in a bin or drink it.

The security area is directly opposite Smiths about 10 meters away.And by the amount of unopened drinks bottles I wasn't the only one caught out.
13:18 January 1, 2010 by Frenemy
From a practical PoV, "Airport security" (read: scare/intimidation tactics intended to dissuade would-be terrorists from carrying out their deeds) is little more than lame pageantry for the uninformed masses...
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