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Salt Lake Airport Raises Security Level

Salt Lake Airport Raises Security Level

Posted - Mar. 18, 2003 at 4:57 p.m.



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Sandra Yi reporting Travelers will notice some changes when flying in and out of Salt Lake International Airport.

The orange alert means our airport officials have beefed up security, again.

People will notice the increased police presence as they drive into the terminal area. Officers are conducting random searches of vehicles entering the terminal area, as well as cars on the second and third floors of the parking garage.

The imminent threat of war has also pushed officials to harden its perimeter. They plan to install fence around the airport's borders.

Airport officials have also permanently closed the observation area near the Federal Express offices and plan to close a bicycle route that runs along the southern edge of the airport.

Barbara Gann/Airport Spokesperson: "BECAUSE IT HAS BECOME OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT AIRCRAFT AND PASSENGERS MORE THAN EVER AND WE FEEL THOSE TWO AREAS HAVE LEFT US SOME VULNERABILITY."

Airport officials would not give details but say there are other security measures going on behind the scenes to protect travelers.

Travelers are still advised to allow plenty of time to get in and out of the airport and to arrive at least 90 minutes before their departure time.

If we do go to war - the airport will operate as if the terror alert level is red which is the highest level. And so there will be additional security measures in place. Gann says - what those security measures will be is not known.

The Utah Department of Public Safety says it is prepared for war.

They are asking people to be prepared for any inconveniences but to go on with their daily activities and travel plans.

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