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Terror attacks in France increase American security

Security at Albany's airport is increased Security at Albany's airport is increased
Becky Scott-Hill Becky Scott-Hill
Glenn Showers Glenn Showers
Airport Director Yvette Aehle Airport Director Yvette Aehle
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - American airports are increasing security measures across the country, as reported today on ABC by Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz.

It's resulting from dual terrorist attacks in Paris and the publication by Al Qaeda of what counter terrorism experts say appears to be the most detailed, and potentially lethal, bomb recipe ever to be sent to their followers.

There is increased security in Albany's airport as well, but passengers we talked to are not concerned by it, and say they welcome the extra attention to safety.

The airport in Albany was not called on to increase random checks, but officials say they are still vigilant.

Becky Scott-Hill and her sister flew from Southwest Georgia Regional Airport to Houston today, after hearing about increasing security at American airports.

"I did think about it," she said. "I heard it on TV last night that they were raising it. I was glad they were. So I don't have a problem with that. I want to be safe."

Glenn Showers of Cincinnati was flying back home unconcerned. He doesn't believe terrorists would target South Georgia.

"I don't worry about it in places like Albany or places like Cincinnati," he said.

Albany airport security officials disagree. SWGA Regional Airport Director Yvette Aehle said, "It can't happen in Albany is totally untrue. It could. Think about 911, the people came through small airports into a larger airport. This is where they start."

Like most smaller airports, the airport in Albany was not called to increase security measures today, but their officers still knew about the threat and stayed vigilant.

Travelers said they were not worried. "Worry? Me, no. If we worried about it, the terrorists won," Flowers said.

"Oh I think it could happen anywhere. I'm just counting on it not happening. I think it could happen," Scott-Hill said.

But that possibility won't keep them from flying.

South Georgia airport officials say they vary their security routines every day, inspecting different items and doing other checks randomly, in case anyone is watching their operations to find a security flaw.

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