Tallahassee Regional Airport Security

"It was really a surprise when we got here."

Passengers coming through Tallahassee Regional Airport were caught off guard Thursday morning.

James Lawrence, on his way to Fort Worth, Texas, said, "Apparently I can't have my deodorant or my gel or my cologne; that's pretty much it."

The carry on bags came open as passengers removed what they can no longer bring on board; no liquids, gels or pastes. Trash bins around the airport were filled with water bottles, shaving creams, shampoos, and toothpastes. The new rules were a result of a foiled terror plot in the United Kingdom.

As Lawrence headed back to the gate, his toiletries left behind, he added, "I don't know what's going on, how they know it's a terrorist’s plot, to have different liquids on the plane, I don't know why they just can't check the liquids."

Candice Manning and her mother filled up plastic baggies, finding what ever room was left in their checked baggage. The women were checking in to fly to Washington, D.C. when they heard about the security changes.

Manning said, "This is sad, this is really sad, but it has to be done with all that's been going on since 9/11. I mean, you've gotta take precautions."

As soon as word came down early Thursday morning, Tallahassee Regional Airport officials put the aviation contingency plan in place, following procedures under the Security Level Orange.

Jim Durwin, Assistant Superintendent of Airport Operations, said of the measures, "Some are seen, some are unseen."

Even with the early morning changes, passengers at Tallahassee Regional were cooperative. There were no delays or cancellations reported at the airport.


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