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(File pix) A Hazmat team conducts checks at KLIA2 airport terminal in Sepang, Malaysia February 26, 2017. Reuters Photo

THE fatal attack of Kim Jongnam with VX nerve agent on Feb 13 at klia2 is a reminder that no liquid, irrespective of quantity carried by travellers on board flights, should be assumed to be safe.

It is an eye-opener for airlines and airport operators around the world to work in tandem to enhance security to ensure the safety of passengers, crew and aircraft .

The fact that VX is colourless, odourless and deadly sends a chill down the spine. The frightening attack at a busy international airport terminal is an indication that it could happen anywhere.

Airports are high-security areas, but the level of safety should never be seen as sufficient.

While it will never be determined how VX reached our soil, it would be unfair to point the finger at the airport as experts say it would have been difficult to detect small amounts during the screening process.

We will never be able to comprehend why this had to happen on Malaysian soil, more so at klia2.

It is a relief to all travellers and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd and airlines using klia2 that the facility has been declared free of any traces of VX that was used to attack Jong-nam.

The authorities should seriously consider allowing only those with a flight itinerary into the terminal at major airports.

As an added security measure, all check-in luggage and cabin bags should be screened at the gate entrance at the terminals.

Allowing only those travelling into the terminal will not only ease congestion, but also shorten the queue at the airline check-in counters.

We can then tell and show the world that we are leaving no stone unturned to enhance security at our airports.


Subang Jaya, Selangor

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