AIRPORTS INSTALLING SECURITY FILM TO PROTECT WINDOWS
When officials at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport began exploring renovations to their arrivals hall a key component was improving security. Near the top of the list was protecting the windows by installing security window film.
Sea-Tac officials had seen photographs of the aftermath of the 2016 terrorist attack at Brussels Airport, which resulted in 32 deaths and more than 300 injured. Large sections of windows were blown out, sending shards of glass flying into the terminal and adding to the injury count. [SEE ABOVE PHOTO]
Sea-Tac has moved forward with the security window film project. It involves installing 8-mil clear shatter resistant window film with a perimeter wet glaze attachment system to all the airport entrance side windows on the baggage, parking and terminal levels and at Gina Marie Lindsey Arrivals Hall, adjacent to Terminal A. In total, security window film will be installed on over 3,000 panes of glass totaling over 80,000 sq. ft. of security film and 76,000 lineal feet of wet glaze.
Sea-Tac is not the first U.S. airport to utilize shatter-resistant film to protect its windows.
O’Hare International Airport officials had security window film installed at its Terminal 1 as part of a security effort at one of the world’s busiest airports.
Since airports are considered prime targets for terrorists because of their high population density, officials will continue exploring security measures on multiple levels. Window security through the installation of security films to keep the glass from shattering will likely be high on their list.