Keeping Fear at Bay: European Airport Security

Exactly ten minutes after terrorist attacks at the Rome and Vienna airports the morning of Dec. 27, the news flashed to Athens international airport, where a scheduled flight of Israel's El Al airline was preparing for takeoff. Moments later, a police dragnet began searching for possible terrorists. For the much criticized Athens facility, where Shi'ite extremists last June boarded TWA Flight 847 before hijacking it to Beirut, times had changed.

Although no terrorist incident occurred, Greek authorities rounded up dozens of Palestinians in Athens for interrogation and deported seven who were carrying false passports. The Greek Foreign Ministry took the unprecedented...

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