The extra tough security measures deployed to combat terrorist threats at last year's in Munich will likely become a permanent requirement, organisers said over the weekend.
The additional checks of visitors’ bags, the declaration of the area as a no-fly zone, and increased police presence were introduced in after a number of threats were made against the capital in the run-up to the festival.
“I suspect that the security measures will be similar this year and also in the future,” Oktoberfest organiser told daily .
She said the security zone declared around the festival ground last year “to a certain extent mirrors the conditions in our world”.
Munich police authorities have said a final concept for the Oktoberfest security had not yet been signed off. But a spokesman told the paper, “It is to be expected that similar measures to last year will be taken if a similar situation is at hand”.