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Security gaffe at Frankfurt airport

The Local · 21 May 2011, 14:19

Published: 21 May 2011 14:19 GMT+02:00

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Frankfurt's police chief Achim Thiel assured the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper that there had at no time been a security threat, and that information about potential terrorists could be accessed "in other ways."

According to police, a computer error had led to a logjam in the system, and the latest checks of airport security workers had not been carried out adequately. The spokesman said that a slow trickle of new entries had been followed by a sudden torrent of thousands, causing a blockage.

Extra workers have now been brought in to relieve the pressure, he added. This could last weeks or even two or three months.

A spokesman for Frankfurt airport's operator Fraport said that no workers could get onto the airfield, or any other secure part of the airport, without a security check anyway. He added that the fear that there could now be thousands of employees at the airport without valid security clearance was unfounded.

The police's flight safety department carries out security checks on employees in the airport. Employees' data is re-checked regularly.

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16:14 May 21, 2011 by FIUMAN
You know, when one of the workers at the airport goes all Bin Laden on a bud load of unarmed US Air Force personnel I just assumed his background had NOT been looked into. This story comes as less of a shock to me...
16:28 May 21, 2011 by auniquecorn
only 10,000?
21:30 May 21, 2011 by chicagolive
Being a CT person I do not understand why so many people in my field and others are so focused on the airfield. The most dangerous place to me is in the terminal itself. Take out a plane you might get between 100 to 500 people take out a terminal or just one section you are looking at more than a thousand easy on a busy day. So for me this is a massive screw up right here.
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