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European airports tighten security

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European airports are reviewing security  

BERLIN, Germany -- European airports are tightening security measures to prevents similar hijack attacks that struck the United States.

Transport ministers meeting at the weekend in Belgium are to discuss a raft of new airline safety proposals, a spokesman for the German transport ministry said.

They include installing bulletproof glass in cockpit doors, special locking systems to prevent unauthorised access to the cockpit and extra baggage checks, The Associated Press news agency reported.

Passenger flights connecting through London Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, were already being required to claim their baggage and pass through immigration before rechecking the bags for their connecting flights.

Planes landing at Heathrow are being searched and all parked aircraft is under guard.

At Frankfurt, continental Europe's busiest airport, more than 120 flights were cancelled and more than 16,000 people were affected by delays, AP reported.

Frankfurt airport officials refused to reveal additional security arrangements but advised passengers to arrive at least two hours before departure times.

In France, squads of armed soldiers in camouflage uniforms patrolled Charles de Gaulle airport outside Paris after officials heightened security.


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