Osama bin Laden Death Leads to Travel Concerns

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

Tallahassee, FL ---

Hundreds of travelers pack the Tallahassee Regional Airport daily, but travel for some folks Monday wasn't the same.

Local traveler Kiirah Smith says, "You never know what can happen on a flight - especially with what happened last [Sunday] night with his [Osama bin Laden’s] death. People like to retaliate and stuff so you never really know."

The United States issued a global travel warning for Americans shortly after announcing that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security anticipates threats of retaliation, but some travelers say they're confident in our local airport operations

"I'm not too worried about it. I trust our air traffic controllers most of the time. I think they'll do a good job. And I'm sure the worst that we'll hear today is that instead of it being an orange threat level today, it'll probably be red," says local traveler Jessica Reaves.

Local traveler Wang Zhang says, "I feel safe because after so many years, the practice and the safety of our officers, they're fighting this terrorist. They're now incapable to do many things."

Tallahassee Regional Airport officials say they're prepared to upgrade security when given instructions.

"If we need to elevate our security posture, we are certainly able to do that, at a moment's notice," says Jim Durwin of the Tallahassee Regional Airport.

Airport officials say they have a plan in place to beef up security when necessary. But, for now officials say all is normal and no flights have been delayed or cancelled because of Sunday's fatal raid on Osama bin Laden.

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  • by Cheryl Location: Florida on May 2, 2011 at 05:03 PM
    I DO NOT fly. If a plane is going to crash it is going one way and that is straight down. At least in a car I am on the ground and have 4 directions to go in. And before you say there are more car crashes than planes going down. THere are also A LOT more people in a plane than a car.
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      by Jack on May 3, 2011 at 04:09 AM in reply to Cheryl
      Glad you're not flying. Leaves more space for me.
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2011 at 03:17 PM
    With thousands of containers that come from ships, it is just a matter of time when a dirty bomb, or worse will slip through customs in our country! They have been planning this for years and now we have Hamas, claiming the United States is against all Arabs, plus Muslims, what is next????????
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      by Jack on May 3, 2011 at 04:13 AM in reply to
      That's a very real scenario. Or I've read a book that begins with the premise that the US is attacked by short range, scud type missiles fired from container ships bringing their cargo to the US. And one of those missiles has a nuclear warhead on it. Not enough time to even react before the missile's are here and have impacted.
  • by will on May 2, 2011 at 02:37 PM
    get on the plane,,,,if someone was going to blow a plane up ,,it would be one from a big city,,not Tallahassee...They would get one with hundreds of people at a big airport ..
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      by Anonymous on May 2, 2011 at 03:14 PM in reply to will
      You get on a plane from Tallahassee, and a lot of them route to major cities and then what if you get lucky to catch one, like 911!
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