OPINION

A cool head amid crisis in air travel

Last week’s foiled plot to blow up transatlantic flights between Britain and the United States have created turbulence in the global airline industry but so far the reaction of Greece’s authorities has been nothing less than excellent. Officials have kept their cool and raised airport security measures without resorting to spasmodic reactions that would risk throwing domestic airports into chaos and reverse the buoyant trend in tourism visits. Greece has no reason to adopt extreme measures such as the ban on hand luggage currently in force in Britain. The Greek government and the responsible officials have every reason to be calm and confident in order to maintain high levels of security in air traffic. Their confidence is well-founded and it derives from the excellent security levels exemplified during the 2004 Olympic Games, which demonstrated two things: the top security standards of Greek airports, particularly the Athens International Airport, and the effectiveness of Greece’s foreign policy. Its no-interference policy based on respect for other countries makes friends not enemies. Cool-headed observation of developments and the readiness to adapt to the changing circumstances are enough to ensure a problem-free relationship with the rest of the world.