Security tightened at county airport
(07/31/03) HARRISON - Security at the Westchester County Airport has been tightened after the government warned that al-Qaida may be planning a summer air attack.
Each day, 140 commercial planes come and go at the county airport and that number may plummet. President Bush recently announced that al-Qaida may possibly be planning suicide air attacks by the end of the summer.
Security officials at the airport say they will continue to be diligent in looking for things that appear to be out of the ordinary in order to prevent something from materializing.
The new terror threat comes at a time when the Transportation Security Administration, the federal organization in charge of security, is cutting its work force. Regardless of a reduction in staff, the TSA vows that procedures when checking bags will not change.
There are currently 74 federal security workers at the county airport and by October 1 that is expected to be reduced to 60.