Airport security a top priority

Dayton International Airport control tower. (WDTN Photo/Neil Black)
Dayton International Airport control tower. (WDTN Photo/Neil Black)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Many people are headed to the airport so they can make it home for a seat at the table

The day before Thanksgiving is one of the most traveled, and that has officials on alert, although they say they are always watching.

Wheels are up in the air; some are being pulled across the Dayton airport.

Terry Stinson had a long and frustrating day, having missed her flight. But she’s looking at the big picture and that includes her safe journey.

“I try not to think about that stuff. It’s scary,” Stinson said. “You can’t stop living so you just have to be brave.”

Stinson says despite recent threats, she’s confident in security, as is Matt Burton who is headed to Washington D.C.

“I mean D.C. is a hot spot so and especially with the threats the terroristic groups have been making, but I’m not overly worried,” Matt Burton said.

Regional Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials say they’re ready for the next few days.

“I think the important thing for passengers to know is TSA is going to do everything and we’re going to take every necessary step for the safety of travelers through the Thanksgiving holiday season and really throughout the year,” said Mark Howell, a spokesperson with the regional TSA division.

TSA says for the Thanksgiving holiday it will move some part-time workers to full-time and add overtime to make sure everything is covered.

“As we get into the holiday travel season the biggest thing to be aware of is the amount of travelers that are travelling over basically the week in a half. We’re seeing the highest volume of passengers that we’ll see for this year,” Howell detailed.

But despite the large crowd, officials say they’re covered on all fronts.

“We share information with other federal state and local agencies and when we get intelligence we’re able to kind of change the way we do things, increase or decrease,” Howell said.

Officials advise you get to the airport 2 hours before your flight.

Prohibited items usually cause the most delays, which is why officials say do a quick 5 minute check of your carry on bag.

Additionally, TSA agents say make sure inside that carry on, you don’t have wrapped gifts as TSA might need to check that.

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