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No new tips for air travelers

by Andrew Kirk, OF THE RECORD STAFF

There is much speculation over how air travel, or at least security screenings, will change after a Nigerian man tried to explode an airplane on Christmas Day.

Dwayne Baird, spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said in an interview Wednesday that changes "may or may not" be seen by travelers this weekend.

Regardless, he said the same advice for making your flight still holds: give yourself about two hours, wear slip-on shoes and know the rules for carrying liquids.

"The situation is we’re still in holiday traffic, holiday travel mode. Passengers still need to plan on arriving to the airport accordingly," he said.

The TSA’s reaction to the Nigerian man’s attempt could appear differently at each airport. He said the agency takes a "layered approach to security." For example, the proper allocation of resources depends on the day. They can and do change daily, he added.

Baird said some of the possible changes travelers may or may not notice could include beefed up deploying of explosives detection, K-9 units, the presence of local law enforcement, meticulous gate screening and more behavior-detection officers.

"You may not see the same things at every airport," he explained.

So far, extra security measures and heavy weather in some parts of the country have not significantly affected the ability of visitors to reach Park City.

Thea Leonard of the Treasure Mountain Inn and Erin Grady of Deer Valley Resort both said they were aware of a few people who had trouble arriving on schedule, but not a large number certainly not enough to trigger any special reactions, they said.

Many merchants say they’ve enjoyed a good week and expect the recent snowfall to bring even more people to town.


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