The U.S. spent a lot of time on strengthening airline safety. Now, they're considering how to secure airports against an attack. Conway Gittens reports.
In the wake of deadly attacks in Istanbul and earlier this year in Brussels, safety concerns are moving from securing airplanes to protecting airports. SOUNDBITE: CONWAY GITTENS, REPORTER, REUTERS TV, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I'm Reuters reporter Conway Gittens in a cab arriving at new york's JFK airport, which is one of the nation's biggest transportation hubs. If we were in Turkey this cab would have already been stopped for a security check, although it didn't seem to work on Tuesday because reportedly all three gunmen arrived in cabs. "This is the perfect soft target. There are hundreds of people coming and as you can see there's a line right here, people with their bags to check them in for their flights. But there's no security." The one and only airport security checkpoint, manned by the TSA, creates the perfect spot for an attacker. The suicide bombers in Turkey and the gunmen in Brussels back in March- both launched their attacks in the crowd waiting to clear security. One solution being considered: move the checkpoint outside. But security experts we spoke to say that creates the paradox of protecting a place like an airport, or a train station, or a bus terminal: Wherever you put the checkpoint, you create a line, a bottleneck, and another possible target. Another possible solution might be a multilayered security system: guards watching cars approach, more cameras, bomb-sniffing dogs, agents screening passengers before they check in. But that means more space, personnel, and money. Record-long TSA lines so far already showing a security agency straining to carry the summer travel load. It's unclear how U.S. airports could handle a security upgrade and overhaul. One industry consultant telling us, "there's no great way to solve this pro-actively."