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Dec 29, 2009 1:15 AM by Ariel Wesler

Local travelers talk about tightened security

No flight delays have been reported at the Santa Maria Airport due to increased security measures, but it does feed into major international airports.


For holiday travelers returning to Santa Maria Monday morning, security at the international airport didn't seem to slow them down.

"I didn't notice too much of a difference through security in Denver. It was kinda full, but that's usually the case in denver and I think it was more people travelling through the hectic holidays," said Josh Print of Santa Maria.

He wasn't too worried about his safety following Friday's attempted terrorist attack. He's just glad T-S-A officials are trying to do more.

"You know, you have incidents here and there and you want to make sure people are doing their jobs, and you just have to trust that they are," Print said.

"I just was a little more aware of my surroundings," said John Lee of Santa Maria

Arriving passengers said they hadn't notice any major security changes. Most of the crackdown seems to be on international flights.

"Every airport has different security measures that are changing and they actually try to keep that a little bit random so nobody knows exactly what to expect," said Chris Hastert, Santa Maria Airport manager.

He believes last Wednesday's bomb scare shows local TSA officials are already on alert.

"The TSA does a great job trying to make sure that the small airports aren't the weak link in the system, so we maintain good technology here at the small airports as well. We recently had an explosive detection system installed in the terminal," Hastert said.

With the threat level at orange and another holiday weekend on the horizon, TSA officials suggest allowing more time to get through security checkpoints.

For more information on airport security, visit www.tsa.gov

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