Belgium’s Interior Minister Jan Jambon wants to give train station police extra training
ISIS suicide bombers killed 16 and injured more than 150 in a devastating terror attack in Brussels Airport’s departure hall.
Since then authorities have been desperately trying to come up with a new security system – working closely with airport staff to implement the new concept.
But officials failed to roll out the major upgrade program to the country’s railway network – leaving train passengers at risk.
And it was discovered Brussels had a near miss when Berlin attacker suspect Anis Amri used Europe’s rail routes to flee the scene.
ISIS suicide bombers killed 16 and injured more than 150
On the evening of December 21, he is thought to have spent two hours at the Brussels Gare du Nord before travelling across the continent- eventually reaching Italy were he was killed in a fire fight with police.
Had behaviour spotters been in place, they may have seen Amri behaving strangely and raised the alarm.
Now Belgium’s Interior Minister Jan Jambon wants to give train station police extra training after it was revealed a senior government minister hoped to roll out the new system to public transport hubs nationwide.
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Damage seen inside the departure terminal following the March 22, 2016 bombing at Zaventem Airport, in these photos made available to Reuters by the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad
A perfect system does not exist, but we are putting in place a new adult safety culture, the more efficient it will be, the more likely we will be to detect people with bad intentions
Olivier Van Raemdonck, spokesperson for Jan Jambon
Taking inspiration from controls at Ben Gurion in Israel, one of the most heavily protected airports in the world, Brussels authorities announced plans for a series of new security measures to protect passengers from any potential attack.
Police officers trained in behavioural detection now stand guard at entranceways, looking for signs of suspicious conduct among arriving travellers.
Brussels train station could see the same measures roll out
Armed guards could patrol train stations in Brussels
While the number of cameras at the airport has been increased by 25 per cent, and use both facial and number plate recognition technologies that can scan car number plates as they enter the airport perimeter.
In the space of less than one month, 30 people with a link to terrorism, or involving state security more generally, were identified by the news security systems at Brussels airport according tothe new Chief of the Aeronautical Police in Zaventem, Jo Decuyper.
Olivier Van Raemdonck, spokesperson for Jan Jambon, said: “Zaventem is a test bench, but this is the philosophy we want to extend to all places where many people gather.”
There is currently no timetable for the implementation of the safety system, but authorities are continuing to review plans.
Mr Van Raemdonck added: “A perfect system does not exist, but we are putting in place a new adult safety culture, the more efficient it will be, the more likely we will be to detect people with bad intentions.”