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April 11, 2014 Airport, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Fifteen reports of assault and terrorism-related threats over a two-year period is “about average” for an American airport, according to a senior executive with a city airport in Texas.

During the most recent two years at San Antonio Airport, 67 weapons violations were reported, brass knuckles were found in a traveller’s bags and a chrome .38-calibre handgun was found with another passenger.

Somebody phoned the airport to say he was going to blow the whole place up, while another caller phoned to report a person wearing a gas mask and carrying explosives who had concealed himself in the wheel well of a plane.

Presumably the gas mask character was a delusional fantasy, as all cases of violence and terrorist-related threats were investigated and no actual terrorism was found.

Thefts over the period included a number of laptop computers, iPads, headphones, a gold and diamond tennis bracelet and USD 3500 concealed in miscellaneous clothing.

The disclosures came in a recent interview with the airport’s aviation director Frank Miller, by San Antonio television channel KSAT 12.

It turns out the airport was alerted to 29 wanted fugitives, along with 39 drug and alcohol violations, over the two years. Crystal methamphetamine (“ice”) was found on one man.

San Antonio has a population of about 1.3 million, making it about the same size as Adelaide in population. Miller said the airport was a melting pot of people from all over the world, a place of high energy – and a place of crime. He said 8 million people pass through the airport annually.

Compared to other airports throughout America, Miller said, San Antonio stacks up about average in terms of crime.

Written by : Peter Needham

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