It’s not hard to see how Brussels created a reputation for itself as a haven for terrorists. In fact, as more news comes out on just how easily terrorists are able to slip through the cracks, it’s a wonder why anyone who pointed out this reality was dismissed.
After the recent attack on the Zaventem airport, it’s been revealed that terrorist sympathizers are currently employed there. Some had reportedly celebrated the Paris attacks in November, which apparently didn’t raise the red flags it should’ve.
The BBC is now reporting that the airport’s reopening has been halted, as the police union is protesting over security concerns, including claims that at least 50 ISIS supporters are working as airport staff.
Vincent Gilles, the president of the SLFP, the largest police union in Belgium, said: “We are on strike because of what happened on 22 March – we cannot continue as if this day has not happened.
“The police feel the security measures put in place by the airport company are insufficient for those who work and use the airport.”
He says metal detectors, body scanners and x-ray machines should be set up to screen people before they are allowed into terminals.
The Daily Mail has more details about the security concerns – and you won’t believe the details.
In an astonishing open letter, the officers said they have warned about the terrorist sympathisers whose security badges give them access to planes, but they remain employed.
The airport police, who are threatening to go on strike because of security deficiencies, also said they have raised the issue of terrorists scouting the airport to plan possible attacks.
The officers said they had raised suspicions about certain staff members including those who apparently celebrated after the Paris attacks in November that killed 130 people.
‘When we checked these people, we were surprised more than once. It was men with a radical ideology and a long police history,’ the officers continued.
‘Even today, there are at least 50 supporters of the Islamic state who work at the airport. They have a security badge and have access to the cockpit of a plane.
Leave it to Brussels to make American airport security seem competent by comparison.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]