These may include places where people normally congregate like churches, malls, schools, marketplace, including of course public transport facilities such as terminals, boats, buses, and airplanes. Terrorists with explosive devices could easily blend into these crowds for their clandestine efforts at sowing terror.
Usually, only people who are about to board passenger ships and airplanes are checked with their luggage. They are made to line up, their bodies checked for some deadly weapons, their luggage screened by x-ray machines, even smelt by trained dogs to detect likely explosive devices within. Supposedly, none of these passengers could enter the pre-departure areas without going through a tough scrutiny for security purposes.
But in most van and bus terminals and stations, no security measures are in place. Anyone carrying anything could just get into the vehicle and travel with it. One doesn’t even have an idea he is seated next to a person who will, later on along the way, declare a hold up. No security personnel even bother to peer into his bag if it has an explosive gadget inside. If there ever is, the guard may have been just doing it like a ritual, not really digging deep into the luggage.
Such security check may not suffice. There ought to be a widespread monitoring of people’s luggage in all transport stations. Authorities should not be lenient on this matter since terrorists may just be around the corner looking for chances to unleash their devastating weapons. At least, with security measures being heightened, these chances would more or less lessen, to the safety of our innocent people.
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