Friday, April 1, 2016

Plans to reopen BRU stymied by police strike

Plans to reopen Brussels Zaventem Airport on a limited basis Friday night have been put on hold by a police strike.

BBC News reports airport police halted the planned reopening with a strike over over security concerns, asserting that the security measures put in place are insufficient for those who work at and use the airport. Police believe that metal detectors, body scanners and x-ray machines should be set up to screen people before they are allowed into terminals.

To date, airport authorities have rejected that idea, arguing that such checks would lead to long lines outside the buildings, resulting in new security risks in a different location.

The move comes as airport officials were preparing to reopen with temporary facilities that could accommodate about 20 percent of the airport's normal traffic volume.

On March 31, airport officials announced via its Twitter feed that the facility was "operationally ready" following the construction of temporary facilities and the testing of those facilities by some 800 airport employees over several days. At the time of this post, the airport's Twitter feed -- which has been the primary source of news from the facility since the March 22 bombing -- carried no mention of the strike.

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