Privacy cannot and should not be total in a hotel as guest and employee security and safety must be taken into consideration.
It is not enough to erect barriers outside the entrance or to have guests pass through a magnetometer, however inconvenient that may be. A wholesale rethinking of hotel security practices is necessary.
Hardening a venue is a dynamic process that requires a combination of robust physical security measures as well as a reliable stream of intelligence, together with analysis that puts the intel into proper context.
The random nature of a vehicle-borne attack and the unpredictability of it are at the heart of the issue, but some measures can be taken to lessen our risk.
The challenge for modern societies is to ensure that safety, both in design, construction and in emergency procedures, keeps apace with new technology.
This past week, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) disseminated a report on the increasing frequency with which extremists are utilizing trucks and other vehicles as weapons by ramming them into pedestrians or other public gatherings of people.