California Labs Create Plans to Protect Airports from Chemical and Biological Attacks

Airports are considered prime targets for terrorists, but a new blueprint developed by Sandia/California and Lawrence Berkeley labs could make them safer

"We've given them a template to work from to develop their own plans," said Gordon.

The report contains a blank report card that airports can use to determine how vulnerable they are to attacks. The team hopes this will act as a wake-up call for airports whose managers may not be aware of the risks.

"Some airports are forward looking and focusing on this issue already. But other airports aren't looking in this direction, and we'll have to figure out how to bring their attention to this," said Donna Edwards, a national security analyst at Sandia.