Securing Domodedovo

This article discusses security Domodedovo International Airport, which is now considered to be a model for other airports, exceeding international standards. The author notes that lessons learned from the October 2004 terrorist attacks have spurred a renewed commitment by the airport to technological innovation. The author discusses the fundamental differences between Domodedovo and other Russian Federation airports, due to having as its basis the experiences of the world’s largest airports and its use of controls for both passengers (including tactile examinations, introscopic examinations of shoes and outer clothing, X-ray scans) and controlled perimeter zones (including "smart fence" technology that equips cellular fencing with vibration sensors, anti-sapping detectors, and thermal imaging systems). High quality specialists are another essential part of security operations at Domodedovo. The airport trains and improves the qualifications of security specialists through its 'Aviation Security Training Center', opened in 2003. The Center offers initial training of aviation security specialists and qualification improvement. It also trains Profiling Officers in techniques used in routine interviews of airport visitors and passengers to help identify potentially dangerous individuals having the capacity to commit criminal acts. The authors note that mutual cooperation from its carrier partners is a key component to security at Domodedovo. In one example, El Al Israel Airlines joins with Domodedovo Airport Aviation Security in placing a tomograph in its flight registration zone to automatically check carry-on bags for explosives and banned onboard items.


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  • Accession Number: 01046502
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 2007 9:32PM