President Barack Obama has ordered an airport security review after Friday’s botched terror attack on a U.S. airliner in which a suspect allegedly tried to detonate an explosive device on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, making its final approach to Detroit, Michigan.
Larry Holcomb, Airport Manager of the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport said early Monday morning, that they had not yet seen any review or security directives. “Yet,” Holcomb said, “we were already at Condition Orange, which is a heightened security. The only thing we’ve done is increase our visibility. We’ve deployed K-nine units in the building and are being a little more observant as to what’s going on.”
Holcomb recommends those traveling arrive earlier than originally planned. “I would plan an additional 30 minutes to go through screening. The TSA (Transportation Security Authority) folks are going to be a little more vigilant in what they look for and the time they’re going to take to x-ray your bags and search through your luggage. I would allow for at least 30 additional minutes.”
Travelers are being asked to limit their carry-on luggage and packages. Some are being advised to perhaps ship some of their belongings home by freight, or some other source. “That’s good advice. Any package will possible be x-rayed or possibly opened, so I think that the best thing to do is to try to avoid as much carry-on luggage as you possibly can.”
Although the President continues his holiday vacation, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said on yesterday’s “Meet the Press” that Obama is receiving regular briefings by his national security staff on the incident.