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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