AP Interview: Boston airport official says US failed to learn lessons of shoe bomb

By Glen Johnson, AP
Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Expert says US failed to learn lesson of shoe bomb

BOSTON — The top security consultant at Logan International Airport in Boston says the United States has failed to learn the security lessons raised when a man tried to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner in 2001 with explosives in his shoes.

Rafi Ron once headed security at the famously safe Ben Gurion Airport in Israel. He told The Associated Press on Wednesday the attempted plane bombing on Christmas Day shows the United States still relies too much on technology to prevent attacks.

He says the suspect in that case used similar methods to elude security as the so-called shoe bomber, Richard Reid.

Ron says there needs to be more personal screening of passengers, and anyone who seems suspicious should receive an extended interview and more weapons screening.

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