Moscow airport bomb: transport chief sacked in security shake-up

Could stricter security measures at Russian airports have ramifications for other international gateways?

Source : RIA Novosti/Alexey Kudenko

As Moscow holds a day of mourning for those killed and injured in Monday’s suicide bombing at Domodedovo airport, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has sacked a senior transport secretary in a bid to “shake up” security.

Andrei Alekseyev, the chief of the ministry’s transport department was dismissed today and the President warns more sackings will follow as Russia looks to further tighten its grip on security at transportation hubs.

Russia needs a colour-coded threat level system in the transport sector similar to those used by the West, Medvedev was quoted in a report by Russia’s state news agency, RIA Novost.

Today crowds gathered at Moscow’s busiest airport to lay flowers and pay their tributes.

The blast, which killed 35 people and wounded 110, has exposed a soft target in the airport system for terrorists: the idea that a suicide bomber can walk into a public access area at any airport with no security checks and detonate a bomb.

At Domodedovo airport, it is understood that three metal detectors serve the airport’s entrance. But it is not yet clear whether they were working at the time of the attack.

No group has yet admitted responsibility for the bombing.

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