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Securing U.S. airports after Istanbul bombing

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>> In the wake of deadly attacks in Istanbul and earlier this year in Brussels, safety concerns are moving from securing airplanes to protecting airports. I'm Reuter's reporter Conway Gittens in a cab arriving at New York's JFK airport which is one of the nation's Busiest transportation hubs. If we were in Turkey, this cab would have already been stopped for a security check, although that didn't seem to work on Tuesday, because reportedly, all three gunmen arrived in cabs.
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Now take a look around at the terminal. This is the perfect soft target, there are hundreds of people coming, going, as you can see there's a line right there, people with their bags ready to check them in for their flights. But, there's no security, the security doesn't start outside, it doesn't begin until you go inside.
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The one and only airport security checkpoint manned by the TSA creates the perfect spot for an attacker. The suicide bombers in Turkey and the gunman in Brussels back in March both launched their attacks on the crowd waiting to clear security. One solution being considered, move the checkpoint outside.
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But security experts we spoke to say that creates the paradox of protecting a place like an airport or a train station or a bus terminal. Wherever you put the checkpoint, you create a line, a bottleneck, and another possible target. Another possible solution might be a multilayered security system.
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Guards, watching cars approach, more cameras, more bomb-sniffing dogs, agents screen passengers before they check in. But that means more space, personnel and money. Record long TSA lines so far already showing a security agency straining to carry the summer travel load. It's unclear how US airports could handle a security upgrade and overhaul.
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One industry consultant telling us quote, there's not great way to solve this proactively.