President Obama has launched a federal review of airport security after a passenger attempted to bomb a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas day. Connecticut travelers may see additional screening measures at airports in the region. WNPR’s Diane Orson reports.
There may be extra canine teams, additional law enforcement officers and heightened screening at gates as passengers depart from regional airports. International travelers may experience more pat downs and bag searches, especially passengers traveling from abroad back to the U.S. And there may be restrictions during flight - passengers may have to remain seated during portions of the trip. Transportation Security Administration officials say federal safety measures will vary from airport to airport. International travelers are urged to arrive an hour earlier to allow time for the extra security.
Governor David Patterson has ordered additional National Guard at New York airports for the remainder of the holiday season.
For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.