I'd like to update you on security at Athens Airport. On Oct. 25 I departed Athens on Pan Am flight 61 for Frankfurt. On the street in front of the ticket counters were several uniformed and plainclothes police officers in both armored personnel carriers and unmarked cars. Two uniformed police officers with shouldered automatic weapons patroled the inner terminal.
Upon entering the check-in line at Pan Am a private security official looked at each passenger's passport and ticket, after which he asked a series of profile questions. All checked bags were X-rayed in the passenger's presence and marked with a security sticker.
I then proceeded through Passport Control and a security check of my carry-on bags and person done by police officers. No non-passengers are permitted beyond this point. You enter a sterile area occupied by in-transit and other airlines' departing passengers.
At the Pan Am departure gate I entered a segregated area after I was checked again, along with my carry-on bags, this time by private Pan Am employees. All passengers are then bused to the plane, which is on a remote pad away from the terminal.