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Zürich Airport, Switzerland
Some of the most pressing security threats at this busy hub aren’t on any intelligence agency’s watch list: they’re unpredictable birds, rabbits, and the occasional wild boar, who all have a tendency to fly or wander onto runways, running the risk of not only harming themselves but also damaging a plane’s engine, windshield, or fuselage. Three armed hunters patrol the airport’s wilder areas for any winged or four-legged interlopers.
Where to Spot Them: At Zürich Airport, the hunters can often be spotted in the nature reserve that sits between the two runways wearing orange vests. —Katrina Brown Hunt