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Oct 29, 2010 9:38 PM by Ariel Wesler

Local airports not affected by terror threats

Airports along the Central Coast continued to operate as normal, despite the increased security in parts of the East Coast.

A lot of passengers seemed to go about their day without much concern here. They aren't as concerned because it wasn't a passenger plane and sadly, many say they've grown accustomed to these types of incidents.

Both FedEx and UPS say it's been business as usual for them on the Central Coast. Local airport officials say no cargo or passenger planes were searched locally following the discovery of explosive material in two packages bound for the U.S. Local airport leaders on say the TSA hasn't directed them to take any extra precautions.

"The only real aircraft searching that we do here locally are the commercial airliners that spend the night and so their sitting out on the apron unattended. Before they fly first thing in the morning, the crews do a sweep of those aircraft," said San Luis Obispo Airport Manger Richard Howell.

"There's so much risk now in travelling, ever since 9-11. It's not really on my radar. So, no, I'm not going to lose sleep on the plane," said Debbie Highfill, who was travelling to Washington D.C.

FedEx and UPS have currently suspended all shipments from Yemen. The TSA says it has not stepped up passenger security locally.

Just yesterday, the TSA announced it is implementing a new pat-down procedure for screening passengers. Instead of just a pat down, TSA screeners will use a sliding hand motion during the screening process to help them detect dangerous items.


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