Bay airports increase security after Christmas Day terror incident

Bay Area airports have increased security in response to what appears to have been an attempted terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas Day.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, a Nigerian national, allegedly attempted to destroy a Northwest Airlines aircraft by detonating a device on its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Christmas Day, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Passengers and flight crew subdued and restrained Abdulmutallab and he was taken into custody by Customs and Border Protection agents upon landing.

The incident has prompted San Francisco International Airport to beef up the number of San Francisco police officers working there, airport spokesman Mike McCarron said. The security screening process has not changed, he noted.

Oakland International Airport has increased the number of Alameda County sheriff's deputies on foot and vehicle patrol, airport spokesman Robert Bernardo said this morning.

He added that the airport has not yet been directed by the Department of Homeland Security to alter security procedures.

No changes have been made at Mineta San Jose International Airport, said Vicki Day, the airport's director of customer services.

The Transportation Security Administration posted a notice on its Web site stating that while security checkpoint requirements for passengers departing from U.S. airports will remain the same, there will be additional security measures in place.

Those include explosive detection canine teams, additional law enforcement officers and gate screening, according to the TSA.

Passengers flying into the U.S. from abroad will likely notice additional security measures at international airports such as pat-downs and bag searches, according to the TSA.

President Obama is expected to speak publicly about the Northwest Flight 253 incident sometime today.


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Posted by Robert Sicks
a resident of Danville
on Dec 31, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Robert Sicks is a registered user.

I went to Dallas Monday 12/28 and returned yesterday (Weds 12/30) through SFO. Nothing really different. Same security screening lines. The "no getting out of your seat" an hour before landing was NOT in effect(wasn't the guy sitting when he lit up his pants?)and I believe it's for international flights only. Now really, will a 1 hour timeout in your seat help? If somebody is going to try something again, they know the rules. Duh. Better screening and use a satellite to find the Yemen terrorist camp. I say drop a little US military ordinance in their pants before they get onboard is what it will take to stop these clowns. Oh and Happy New Year.

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