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Germany tightens airport security after Nigerian terrorist plot

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Dec 29, IRNA -- A spokeswoman for the German interior ministry said security measures at airports across the country have been stepped up in the wake of the recent apparent attempt to set off an explosion on a US flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

Gabriele Hermani told media representatives in Berlin on Tuesday there would be tightened passenger and luggage controls at German airports.

She quoted German Interior Minister Thomas de Maziere as saying that he took the foiled Nigerian terrorist plot "very serious."

However, the minister cautioned also against "unnecessary panic," according to Hermani.

Meanwhile, the head of Germany's police labor union Konrad Freiberg warned earlier in the day that there were major flaws in airport security systems.

"Vigilance has noticeably slackened. The reactions to terrorist threats are too cautious," Freiberg said in an interview with the daily Passauer Neue Presse.

He pointed out airports were understaffed and lacked modern technology.

"The terrorists have their eye on airports. This is why the security controls continually need to be perfected and checked," Freiberg said.

The police chief also lambasted low-cost airlines.

"Cheap flights are at the expense of security. Airport operators and airlines often work with minimal wages and save on personnel," he added.

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