Prague Airport launches random checks for trace elements of explosives
Prague’s Václav Havel Airport on Monday launched new random controls of baggage checked in for the presence of trace elements of explosives. The move, in compliance with EU legislation, is to increase security to limit the possibility of explosive substances ever making it into planes’ cargo holds, as part of a terrorist attack.
“Along with hand baggage taken aboard, controls will also now focus on baggage checked in and destined for the cargo hold. The earlier checks were introduced in 2015 and the latest step is a logical extension of security measures. It is response to EU legislation as well as global threats and increases in technology. The technology we are relying on should it make it more difficult for explosives to be smuggled aboard.”
The process will require the baggage to be opened under strict safety conditions and the airport said most baggage relying on TSA-approved locks could be opened by personnel without causing any damage. Baggage inspected and found safe, will then be wrapped in protective foil and adhesive tape marked with the airport logo and the words “security checked”. Marika Janoušková again:
Aside from being wrapped in protective foil and tape, checked luggage will also include a page inside outlining the procedure. If property was damaged, the form will include a list of steps to take for reimbursement from the airline upon arrival.