New Security Measures at Charlotte Douglas


by Kirk Hawkins

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--CMPD officers turned away visitors to the overlook on Wednesday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. It was the second day the area popular for sightseeing was shutdown.
In a statement, an airport spokeswoman said, "We have taken necessary precautions during the current environment."

"Once you're out of the country and see how it is in other countries, it is not a bad thing. It really isn't," said Northern California traveler Caroline Hartley. Hartley and her family were forced to have a picnic in the cell phone waiting lot between flights because the overlook was closed. But, they weren't complaining about the tighter security measures that extended even outside the airport. "I have no problem with that at all," said Columbia, South Carolina traveler Johnny Hartley. Returning to the U.S. from Jamaica, they were subject to additional eye scans and multiple layers of ticket checks from TSA agents. "It really went pretty smooth. It really did," said Santa Rosa, California resident Neil Gorsuch.

Airports across the country are now on heightened alert after multiple security scares following the Bombing at the Boston marathon on Monday. Robert Scott has been following developments very closely because he will soon be traveling to Boston for business. He's thankful for the extra security.
"I hope they get back on track soon. It will take some time," Scott said.

Airport officials say the overlook will be closed until further notice. A source told me it will remain closed for the rest of the week.

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