Bomb specialist explains airport security setup
To stay ahead of modern day threats, screening procedures are now stronger than ever before at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.
News 25’s Gina Tomlinson got the chance to speak with an explosives specialist about how security officials are making sure airline passenger’s travel safely.
They’re stepping up security measures at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. On a mission to ensure the safety of airline passengers, transportation security officials, like Daryl Smith, know all too well they have to stay ahead of evolving threats. “They’re using women. They’re using kids. They’re using infants in their bombing attacks.”
Smith specializes in detecting explosives. He and others keep out a watchful eye, especially when it comes to small electronics, the latest trend when it comes to explosives threats. As of Sunday, the airport has started requiring travelers to place any electronic device that is larger than a cell phone in a bin with nothing on top or below it. “They’re adjusting the way they’re attacking. They’re going for the small electronics. So, we have to adjust the way we’re screening,” said Smith.
Because something as harmless as a teddy bear can contain enough explosives to take down an entire airplane.
A poker chip container is a prime example of what officials are on the lookout for when passengers are going through security. With the 800 plus passengers screened daily at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, Smith tells News 25 officers never under estimate everyday items because they could potentially be wired with explosive devices. “Anything can be compromised.”
TSA has had rules change overnight from past experiences. Sari Koshetz with the Transportation Security Administration said, “The shoe bomber did get on a plane in Europe, tried to ignite his shoe. Wasn’t successful.”
“They’re watching us. They’re waiting for some weakness they can get into and it’s our job to tighten it up the best we can,” said Smith.