was a site of a major terrorist attack in the 80's (I think). The Pan Am counter (and EL
Al, if I remember correctly) were bombed. American carriers along with El Al have, for years, had their own check-in area which you needed a ticket to access. I haven't been there since AZ
joined Skyteam, but before that American planes were always parked away from the terminal (except for TWA) or at the satellite terminal. I remember flying in on DL
in 1995. We parked at a remote stand, and there was an army tank sitting next to the plane the whole time.
Since the new remote concourse opened, I have not seen the tank. However, it is still away from the main terminal. In 1999, Delta passenger still checked in behind a security check-in. (Delta's presence in Rome was the old Pan Am presence)
In any case, it isn't shocking that it is hard for spotters to see anything. I've never been at FCO
for any reason other than going in or out of Italy, but I certainly didn't see any plane until I got through security.