New Security Enhancements for Pentagon tours
Unspecified security enhancements will be added by the Defense Department to public tours at The Pentagon weeks before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This means that the world’s largest government building will begin to have much stricter security screening when the public tours resume in October.
Around 100,000 visitors go to The Pentagon every year and there are only about 19 tour guides that guide these people- between 400 and 600 each day.
The Defense Department had cancelled public Pentagon tours and even stopped accepting requests for visit on the tour website in the late July. Bryan Whitman, the Defense Department spokesman said that the public tours at Pentagon will continue but for now, they are being put on hold while the additional security enhancements are put into place. The tour website can now accept requests for tours but again, these will only start beginning in late October.
The Pentagon Force Protection Agency has recommended the changes in the revised security. This urged officials to cancel public tours in the building. Despite heavy protection, the Pentagon is still considered a strong target of attacks which include the 9/11 incident which damaged the western side of the building.
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