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Improved scanners

Introduction of devices which can detect materials such as ceramics and identify passengers from their irises or palm prints.

Tighter check-in security

Databases of suspects and better international co-operation between security forces.

Increased questioning of passengers and cross-references to ticket purchase information.

Better training for ground staff and longer breaks for those working on surveillance.

Enlarged security presence at airports.

Banning hand luggage

Thought to be ineffective. Weapons can be concealed in clothing and some modern fabrics such as Kevlar can be fashioned into sharp points. Aircraft fittings and utensils could also be used by hijackers.

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