Heightened airport security

By: Ashley Prchal Email
By: Ashley Prchal Email
In reaction to the terrorism attempt Friday on Northwest Airlines, the Department of Homeland Security has put additional screening measures into place particularly for international flights.

The Associated Press
Travelers line up at the Northwest check in area at Portland International Airport in Portland, Ore., Thursday. For the second time in a little more than a year, a glitch involving one of the two centers that handle flight plans for the Federal Aviation Administration caused widespread delays and cancellations.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - In reaction to the terrorism attempt Friday on Northwest Airlines, the Department of Homeland Security has put additional screening measures into place particularly for international flights.

Here at Grand Junction Regional Airport, an employee at the car rental company National Alamo says he thinks he's been seeing more action than normal. But in other airports across the United States, some holiday travelers haven't noticed any difference in security.

"When I came in this morning, you know I open the doors and everything, I looked up and saw a couple of TSA agents coming down. But I didn't know if they were just going home. But I did notice they were looking around," says Eliot Higgs, National Alamo customer service representative.

"Same as usual. You remove your shoes. Jacket in the bin. Purse, laptops. The same experience I've had sine 9-11," says Kristine Carlin, returning from San Diego.

The government ha been vague about how they will heighten security, but some airlines have already posted their new rules on their web sites.

American Airlines says TSA has ordered new measures for flights departing from foreign locations to the United States, including mandatory screening of all passengers at airport gates during the boarding process.


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