July 3 - Airlines are bracing for disruption as airport security is increased across Europe after a US warning that two terror networks are working together on a bomb. Ivor Bennett reports
The queues are already growing. Passengers at Frankfurt airport among those affected by an increase in security across Europe. The measures apply to any airport with direct flights to the US. According to The Independent's Travel Editor Simon Calder, the knock-on effects will be severe. SOUNDBITE (English) SIMON CALDER, TRAVEL EDITOR, THE INDEPENDENT, SAYING: "You will find that with the extra security measures there could be delays to flights, and as we saw in 2009 after the so-called underwear bombing, that leads to delays, cancellations and general mayhem, at a very busy weekend over Independence Day." The move comes after US warnings of a credible threat. Officials fear al Qaeda operatives in Syria and Yemen are developing bombs that can evade the traditional checks. For airlines, it's yet another bump in what's already been a turbulent summer, says IG's Alastair McCaig. SOUNDBITE (English) ALASTAIR MCCAIG, MARKET ANALYST, IG, SAYING: "With the World Cup probably having seen a number of people postpone booking their holidays for this summer until they knew exactly where and when their teams might be playing. Throw into the mix obviously the price of crude oil being at such high levels and this increase to the security measures at airports is not going to do them any favours. It could be a tough summer for many of the airlines you fear. WHAT the new security involves has not been specified. Rumours instead suggesting extra checks on footwear as well as laptops and ipads. Unlike the liquid limitations of 2006 though, so far there are no changes to what passengers can take on board.