Utilizing Bollards at Airports for Increased Security

With so many people flying on a daily basis, protective measures are important in the air transportation industry. Extensive security measures, such as scanning machines, wands and cameras, safeguard the interiors of airports, while steel barrier posts are useful as an outside security measure. The need for airport safety bollards as a safety measure at airports is reinforced by the terrorist bombing attempt at Glasgow International Airport in 2008. Airport security barriers at the entrance to the airport helped to prevent the propane-filled Jeep from entering the facility further and injuring far more people.  

Diverting Traffic

It’s not just terrorist threats that bollards could help deter at the airport. They can also be used for routing vehicle traffic to the appropriate areas. Removable bollards can be placed and removed as needed if there are parking lot overflows or other maintenance activities. Being able to divert traffic while maintaining operations is valuable in keeping the complex system up and running, while performing certain tasks or addressing issues in one area of the complex. In instances where traffic may be less dense, the use of several parking lots may be unnecessary and removable bollards can be implemented to prevent a small amount of traffic from spreading throughout the airport. Bollards can also help prevent drivers from driving in parking areas the wrong way, driving into jumping lanes, or parking in authorized vehicle only areas.  

Drop-Offs and Pick-Ups

The Glasgow attempt occurred at the front of the airport. By installing bollards in a staggered manner at different levels in front of the building, airports are able to help lower the threat of a car reaching the front of the building. This method of placement also complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and allows for the consistent flow of travelers with large amounts of luggage.  

Around the Tarmac

Maintenance, private travelers and other authorized personnel need to be able to gain access to the hangars, tarmac and other places where travelers do not normally enter. Gates are used in several places, but at times they are not practical for the situation. Bollards allow personnel to clearly mark areas that are restricted without the hassle of putting up and taking down a removable gate.  

TSA Recommendations

According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), bollards are also useful in several alternative capacities at airports. For instance, they can help prevent obstacles from opening and closing a gate. The TSA also recommends that bollards be placed at electronic access points to help reduce any vehicle damage from unintended traffic.  

Effective Security

As part of a comprehensive security strategy, bollards are essential to the safe and consistent flow of traffic and processes in any airport complex. Even though they are considered passive safety measures, they are effective in lowering the amount of undesired traffic from gaining access to parking areas, the tarmac and the main facility itself. By using these measures, airports can focus on more immediate threats and maintaining schedules. Contact TrafficGuard Direct for recommendations of bollards for your airport needs. TrafficGaurd-BlogCTA-BuyersGuide
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