Friday, April 1, 2016

Agreement reached; BRU to reopen … but when?

Brussels police, who struck briefly over concerns with newly redesigned security measures at Brussels Zanventem Airport (BRU), have reached an agreement that will allow the airport to resume partial operations.

Members of the police union felt that the security measures, developed in the aftermath of the March 22 detonation of two bombs at the airport, were not stringent enough.

According to a report published by BBC News, law enforcement officers wanted metal detectors, body scanners and x-ray machines positioned so that passengers could be examined before entering the airport terminal. Airport officials believed that would simply shift the location of the risk without reducing it in a meaningful way.

Shortly before midnight Brussels time, officials at #BrusselsAirport sent a message via their Twitter feed @BrusselsAirport that an agreement had been reached.

News reports state that the government has agreed to the police union’s demands for passengers to be checked before entering the terminal. According to BBC reports, the leader of the country’s largest police union says the agreement provides for “systematic” checks of passengers and luggage entering the area.

While a date for a partial reopening has not been made official, personnel hope the airport can be reopened as early as Sunday morning.

Even at that, the temporary measures put into place and tested earlier in the week will only be capable of handling approximately 20 percent of the airport’s usual passenger volume. Earlier this week, airport CEO Arnaud Feist said it would take months before the airport would be able to reopen fully.

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