Flying the Friendly Sky

By: Tregg White
By: Tregg White

Airports across the nation are beefing up security due to the "code orange." Lincoln's airport is no different. Extra airport police were on hand keeping a close eye on travelers'.

John Wood, the director of the Lincoln Airport Authority says many of the extra security measures passengers' will not even know about. Wood says, that's how airport security should be "transparent" to travelers'.

Wood says, it appears passengers' are not scared off by the heightened terror alert. He says, the local airlines have reported no cancellations due to the terror alert status.

Joan Uribe of Lincoln says she's going to California to visit her daughters'.

Uribe, grew up during the days of World War II. Uribe says those days are a lot like today, when it comes to the nation's security. However, Uribe says like then people were forced to just go about their normal day-to-day lives and that's exactly how Uribe and her husband are going about their lives today.

Lincoln airport officials stress the extra security will take passengers a little longer to get checked in. Wood asks for passengers to be prepared and figure about an hour and half to get parked and checked in before the flight is scheduled to take off. Wood adds if your taking Christmas presents to keep them unwrapped, that way if the TSA needs to check them they won't have to unwrap the gifts.

For a complete listing of all air travel tips go to www.tsatraveltips.us. It's the Transportation Security Administrations Web site that's helpful for air travelers.

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Homeland Security Advisory System Recommendations for Families

Severe – Red

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Listen to radio/TV for current information/instructions
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities immediately
  • Contact business/school to determine status of work/school day
  • Adhere to any travel restrictions announced by local governmental authorities
  • Be prepared to shelter in place or evacuate if instructed to do so by local governmental authorities
  • Discuss children’s fears concerning possible/actual terrorist attacks

High – Orange

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities
  • Review disaster plan with all family members
  • Ensure communication plan is understood/practiced by all family members
  • Exercise caution when traveling
  • Have shelter in place materials on hand and understand procedure
  • Discuss children’s fears concerning possible terrorist attacks
  • If a need is announced, donate blood at designated blood collection center

Elevated – Yellow

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities
  • Ensure disaster supplies kit is stocked and ready
  • Check telephone numbers and e-mail addresses in your family emergency communication plan and update as necessary
  • If not known to you, contact school to determine their emergency notification and evacuation plans for children
  • Develop alternate routes to/from school/work and practice them

Guarded – Blue

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities
  • Review stored disaster supplies and replace items that are outdated
  • Develop an emergency communication plan that all family members understand
  • Establish an alternate meeting place away from home with family/friends

Low – Green

  • Develop a personal disaster plan and disaster supplies kit
  • Take a Red Cross CPR/AED and first aid course

Source: http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/hsas.html
(The American Red Cross Web Site) contributed to this report


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