Visitors to Asian Aerospace 2002 will notice a significant tightening of security measures compared even with previous Singapore airshows.

In the atmosphere of heightened vigilance after 11 September, photo ID cards have been issued to all exhibitors, press and contractors and all visitors and vehicles are undergoing pre-screening by security staff at the show entrance. Meanwhile, CCTV cameras monitor daily events in the exhibition halls and their surroundings. Some 600-700 security staff are deployed on site.

However, despite the increased measures costing S$2 million ($1.1 million), Jimmy Lau, president, Reed Exhibition Companies says that visitors' enjoyment of the event will not be diminished.

"This is the most comprehensive security that this show has yet seen," he says, "but we've worked closely with the authorities and security company Legend to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.

"Our objective is to provide somewhere that is safe for people to visit and work with as little inconvenience as possible. We ask for their patience and hope that everyone enjoys the show."

Source: Flight Daily News