Yemen ramps up airport security

Country acts to face al-Qaeda threat, but some feel more needs to be done.

    Yemen is stepping up security measures at the Sanaa international airport, after the al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula threatened more attacks on American targets. The country had come under criticism after a Nigerian allegedly attempted to blow up a US airliner on Christmas Day in 2009 after it was revealed that the suspect had undergone training in Yemen.

    In a country where carrying weapons or daggers is a tradition, security guards at airports are taking no chances. Brand-new state of the art equipment - including advanced screening machines and a device capable of detecting various explosives - have been installed and travellers are being thoroughly searched.

    But is tighter airport security the answer to al-Qaeda threats? Many say the country must also address the issues that spawn radicalism and extremism.

    Al-Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra reports from Sanaa.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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