Terror Alert Not a Major Concern in the Valley

By: Tim Saunders
By: Tim Saunders

We've seen the terror alert go back and forth for a while now, so many people seem to know what they need to do. The people that could be affected the most by this are the holiday travelers and for now, the alert hasn't really changed their plans.

James Carty is traveling to Denver and says, "I try to be more conscious of the things going on around me but there's nothing that I do any differently."

Earl Shirkey agrees and says, "I hope the government knows what they're doing and we should be more alert, but it's not going to keep me from flying."

Dennis Burnett, Deputy Director of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport says "[The alert is] something we're fully prepared to deal with."

Because it's a smaller airport, SHD has no problems beefing up security, but the alert could slow things down.

"The biggest thing we really push to folks is to allow that one hour check in," says Burnett. For local law enforcement, the alert doesn't change their routine. You won't see extra patrols working the streets. You probably won't notice any difference at all, but police say there's still a good reason why the alerts are issued.

"There's a lot of information that is behind these alerts and for us to give all that information out would be improper because a lot of it does not pan out," says Rockingham County Sheriff Don Farley.

If you're planning to travel by air over the holidays, you may want to visit the website of the Transportation Security Administration. There you can find out how the terror alert will affect your trip.

The address is www.tsatraveltips.us


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