The Questionable Safety of Armored Buses

A Police motorcylce with the Borussia Dortmund team bus after an explosion near their hotel before the game
The MAN bus transporting the Borussia Dortmund team only had double glazed safety glass, but that held up surprisingly well against three pipe bombs. Photo source: Reuters

The shock waves are still being felt. The attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus was also an attack on the self-image of soccer in the Ruhr region. Here, football players are highly venerated and yet consciously give their fans the sense that they are approachable, something you don’t see with the football giants who play for Real Madrid or Manchester United.

A few days have passed since the attack, but the fear persists. The feelings of insecurity are also mixed with relief that no one was seriously injured or killed during the explosion of the three pipe bombs.

The fact that the injuries from the attack were limited is also due to the high safety standards in modern travel buses. “We do not use armored glass but very robust safety glass,” a spokesman for MAN, a supplier of commercial vehicles, explained to Handelsblatt. In the MAN Lion’s Coach L, the bus that is used by Borussia Dortmund, the glass panels are double-glazed. The same is true for the MAN buses used by the other 11 Bundesliga clubs.


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