Police union criticises German airport security

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21 November 2006, Berlin (dpa) - Germany's police union criticised airport security checks as too lax Tuesday, a day after an unsuccessful plot to smuggle a bomb aboard an airliner at a German airport was revealed. Prosecutors did not disclose the identities of the plotters or their target, but a Berlin newsspaper, the Tagesspiegel, described them as Palestinians with Jordanian nationality, and another paper, Die Welt, said they aimed to bomb an El Al jet flying from Frankfurt. The Israeli airline has some

21 November 2006

Berlin (dpa) - Germany's police union criticised airport security checks as too lax Tuesday, a day after an unsuccessful plot to smuggle a bomb aboard an airliner at a German airport was revealed.

Prosecutors did not disclose the identities of the plotters or their target, but a Berlin newsspaper, the Tagesspiegel, described them as Palestinians with Jordanian nationality, and another paper, Die Welt, said they aimed to bomb an El Al jet flying from Frankfurt.

The Israeli airline has some of the world's most stringent security checks.

Konrad Freiberg, head of the German police union which campaigns for police to take over security work from lower-paid private guards, told a daily newspaper, the Neue Presse of Hanover, "Aviation security is the principal angle of attack for terrorists.

"Unfortunately we have got security gaps, beginning with the checks being done by private security companies at Frankfurt Airport. You could not with a clear conscience call that security at all."

The prosecutors say six persons were part of the plot, with some of the radicals finding a Frankfurt guard willing, for a bribe, to smuggle a bag containing a bomb past checks. The plot failed because they could not agree with sponsors and the guard on how much to pay.

Five of the six were bailed as the inquiry continued. The sixth remained in custody on an unrelated matter.

Freiburg said, "Privatization of security has led to undercutting on pay. The quality of the personnel doing it is getting worse."

DPA

Subject: German news

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