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Security @ ZRH

Mon Oct 08, 2001 2:59 am

A friend working at ZHR told me that he is permitted to take up to 6 "strangers" with him airside right up to the planes. I find this hard to beleive. Can anybody confirm? I find this unbeleivable.
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RE: Security @ ZRH

Mon Oct 08, 2001 5:46 am

You can be sure that the security rules in ZRH are state of the art. For example every single piece of luggage is controlled - not only after 9/11/01.

When you like, you can go the the visitors deck, where you are on top of the terminal - quite near to the aircraft. But you cannot reach this are without passing a special security control where you will be controlled.

I've also heard about the posibility of airport workers, to bring people "right to the planes", as you wrote. But that's possible at a lot of airports worldwide (I have done so in HKG last year). But - of course - also AFTER passing various security controls.

Security at ZRH is a top priority. I'm there as a spotter or visitor quite often. I have been on the tarmac and I know the security rules. When I was visiting the maintenance facilities once, I was at the tarmac to, but security personel was there too, taking care of everything.

So, you can be sure that the security is surely not lower than at other airports!! Almost higher than at a lot of places arround the world.

Michael (from ZRH)
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RE: Security @ ZRH

Wed Oct 10, 2001 4:26 am

As strange as I find this to be at an airport, I would imagine this concession to be withdrawn given the recent tragic events. The system can be highly abused and I think it is an extemely dangerous practice in this day and age. I agree that ZRH is a secure airport - look at its record. But so was Boston until a few days ago.
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RE: Security @ ZRH

Wed Oct 10, 2001 8:08 am

I don't know about the 6 people thing but the security practices there are disturbing. I flew ATL-ZRH-ATH and back. When my family and I got off the planes going into ZRH, we just went up an escalator with a sign above it that read "connections". There was no customs or security or anything. I know someone coming into the airport would have to go through metal detectors, but we did not have to coming off the plane. We just proceeded to the gate of our next flight and did not have to clear security. They must figure because we cleared security at our origin, we don't need to there. Not that we would do anything, but some very few people might and not having to clear security there isn't a good idea.

Not having to clear security in ZRH was strange, but it was somewhat alright. It got worse though. In the terminal, tons of shops were selling tons of Swiss Army knives. This was right next to all the gates and inside security. All someone would need to do is buy a knife and get on a plane and they would be able to do some terrible things. I thought that was kind of scarry. I wasn't worried then, but after September 11, I got to thinking about the danger that posed to anyone. I just hope that security is better now then it was in June of this year so that it is a little safer.