NATIONAL Police officers were out in force at Palma's Son Sant Joan airport as security was beefed up.
They were mainly to be seen near the arrivals terminal and a spokesman said that they were on the look out for pickpockets and delinquents.
However, the move comes in the wake of an announcement that Spain is activating a special security plan to guard against terrorist attack over the holiday period.
Each police headquarters can draw up its own contingency plans for guarding airports, ports, train and bus stations and leisure centres.
The security plan came into effect just after midnight yesterday and will run to January 8, although when announcing it earlier this week, prime minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero gave no indication that Spain had received any specific threat of an attack.
Earlier this year and throughout the summer, there have been many complaints about tourists being robbed at the airport carparks by crafty conmen using a variety of tricks, such as indicating a slashed tyre, offering to help and then snatching purses, luggage or whatever they can.