The Day After…
…A Subway Attack
What would happen the day after a Subway Attack in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, or Boston? Currently, there is no security at subway entrances.
A terrorist descends into a Subway station carrying a package. It could be a box, a suitcase, or a musical instrument case. The package could contain a bomb with shrapnel, but in this case is an AR-15 with lots of ammunition. It’s rush hour and on the crowded subway platform there are 247 people. The terrorist opens fire and pandemonium reigns. When the dust settles 163 people are dead, 38 are dying, and 46 people are injured but will recover. And that’s just one subway station.
What if multiple subway stations in New York City were attacked simultaneously? Worse, what if multiple stations in each of New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Boston were attacked simultaneously? The death toll could be far greater than on 9/11.
The next day, rapid transit in those cities would grind to a halt. No one would enter a Subway without a full security check, and for lack of high-traffic secure entrance systems, lines would be long, people would be out in the weather, and rapid transit would be rapid no more.
The Subway attack in St. Petersburg, Russia on 3 April 2017, while tragic, was small compared to what multiple, simultaneous attacks would have produced. At least 10 people were killed and some 43 others were wounded. There could have been more than 1,000 causalities.
Subways/undergrounds are only one type of vulnerable Soft Target where pedestrians come and go at high traffic rates. Currently, there is no security at subway entrances.
…An Airport Attack
What would happen the day after an Airport attack at a ticket counter, or baggage claim area, or security queue?
Currently, there is no security at airport main entrances.
A terrorist rolls their suitcase into an airport. Inside is a C4 bomb with shrapnel. It’s quite heavy, but so are many carry-ons, so no one notices. The terrorist walks up to the ticket counter. The line is short, so they check the baggage claim area instead. Again, too few people there. So they walk over to the security queue which is currently packed with people waiting in line. The line forms a serpentine and at this moment contains probably 450+ people. The terrorist waits patiently as he gradually moves through the line. After 15 minutes he finds himself more or less in the midst of the mass of people. The terrorist raises his suitcase over his head, cries “Allāhu akbar”, and detonates the bomb. Over 300 people die instantly and many others are severely injured. And, that is just one security queue in one airport.
Now, what if multiple terrorists attack multiple locations in the same airport simultaneously. Or worse, what if multiple terrorists attack multiple locations in multiple airports simultaneously. The next day the entire air transit system would grind to a screeching halt. People entering airport main entrances would be carefully, and slowly, screened, and lines would be hundreds of yards long reaching out into the cold, rain, and snow. The stock market would plunge and the economy could be set on a path to financial recession.
This is just another example of a Soft Target where pedestrians come and go at high traffic rates. To protect locations like these, a high traffic secure entrance system must be provided. Since passengers entering airports frequently have baggage, Barbecan also has a design for a companion baggage scanner that is synchronized with our Secure Entrance System. If a baggage scan fails, the owner is blocked from passing. If a scan of the owner fails, then their baggage is blocked from passing.