Officials pleased with early results of Brussels Airport safety plan
A year after the Brussels Airport safety plan was introduced, officials are satisfied with the early results. The plan was the result of recommendations by the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry following the terrorist attacks of 22 March 2016 and defines the priority issues that require attention.
Since then, the Halle-Vilvoorde Coordination and Support Directorate has organised two integrated control operations, involving both airport police and several local police zones. The focus included drug crime and identifying wanted persons.
The airport police organised six large-scale control operations on access roads to and from the airport, in which dozens of violations were discovered. Over three days, police checked all passengers from 45 arriving flights, intercepting 24 people with documents that were not in order.
Enhanced cooperation between federal judicial police and customs led to nine arrests in a drug smuggling case, and international smuggling of eels was also uncovered.
“The past year has seen very professional cooperation among the many agencies involved, and after just one year, the Safety Plan has already produced concrete results,” Flemish Brabant provincial governor Jan Spooren said.
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