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Worries of violence at hotels after Las Vegas attack
As investigators grapple with how Stephen Paddock was able to hoard 23 guns and stockpile ammunition in a room at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas before killing at least 59 people, hotels in the US and around the world are left wondering how to increase security at their properties.
Tighter security is likely at hotels in response to the massacre, experts say. Yet privacy concerns and costs may prevent airport-type security such as metal detectors from being widely used.
In the US, hotels have always been reluctant to intrude on guests’ privacy. But more cameras and more training for hotel staff are likely.
In the rest of the world, hotels are increasingly deploying armed guards, vehicle barricades, infrared cameras, bag scanners and other measures.
At Resorts World Manila in Manila, the Philippines, even before an arson attack there killed 37 people, metal detectors and bag X-rays were used. Somehow the attacker got past security with an assault rifle and ammunition vest. The hotel has since hired a security contractor.
Whether or not countries are statistically dangerous for tourists to visit, security is getting tighter. Since the attacks in Tunisia in 2015, hotels there have beefed up police presence and brought in metal detectors.
At the Radisson Blu in Bamako, Mali, where 18 people were killed in a terror attack, vehicles can no longer drive in front of the building and there is now a scanner for bags.
And since extremists left more than 160 dead in Mumbai in 2008, chains operating in India including Accor, Hyatt and Marriott have used handheld trace detectors, X-ray scanners, even facial recognition.
“My guess is we will see more security cameras at many hotels and more monitoring of people who bring many large packages to a hotel room,” says Bjorn Hanson, professor of hospitality and tourism at New York University. “But I don’t think one event will lead to more intrusive measures”, at least in the US.
The Washington Post / AP

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