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Delta Airlines makes HARDCORE policy decision in wake of Brussels attacks

UNITED STATES - JULY 20:  A Delta Air Lines plane taxis toward a gate between other Delta planes at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, U.S., on Monday, July 20, 2009. Delta Air Lines Inc., based in Atlanta since 1941, is promoting itself as New York city's "hometown carrier" with mojitos in Manhattan and sponsorships of the Yankees and Mets baseball teams.  (Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Today, flights resumed at Zaventem airport in Brussels – three “symbolic” Brussels Airlines flights which airport chief executive Arnaud Feist said “… are the first hopeful sign from an airport that is standing up straight after a cowardly attack.”

Stringent new security checks were put in place after police threatened to go on strike if measures were not improved.

Passengers were asked to arrive three hours before their flight departure time. They are only able to get to the airport by car or taxi – the terminal is still closed to trains and buses.

Under the new security arrangements:

• vehicles and passengers travelling to the temporary departures area will be screened on the access road. Special cameras will check number plates
• an additional police check and ID and boarding pass check will take place at the entrance to the temporary departures area. Those not flying will not be allowed in
• passengers will then proceed towards the departure gates, undergoing the usual access and security controls

However, one American airline will not be resuming service to Brussels anytime soon.

In a statement, Delta said “due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the re-opening of Brussels airport and weakening demand, Delta will suspend service between Atlanta and Brussels until March 2017.

Delta remains committed to the Belgium market


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