Phoenix did a fair job at this event, cool heads prevailed and they left other screening check points and terminals open for flights. I think most airports are getting more realistic in their bomb evacuation response. A backpack device is only going to be at most in the 50 pounds of explosive range, and probably a lot less, like 20 pounds. Either device size would not really affect anything out side the immediate area. certainly nothing out side the terminal. This threat of terror is not going away, so we need to develop plans and procedures that minimize the effect of the threats. PHX was one of the first to go to the bomb resistant trash cans, in fact helped with the testing of the devices. It is things like this and constant police patrols as well as having the rest of the airport and airline staff in the terminals be aware of bomb and suspected devices recognition. Chicago Airports authority provided training for all staff at both airports, so they could help keep the police aware of any possible problems. Boston did the same to all their staff after 9/11.
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