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05/11/05 - Nacogdoches

Security On The Mind Of Small Airports

by Stuart Burson

Anything having to do with air travel these days from large jumbo jets to small planes and the pilots who fly them have all felt an impact since 9-11. And, the same holds true for our airports.

Nacogdoches Mayor Bob Dunn is getting ready to fly his vintage World War II airplane. As a pilot and as a mayor, Dunn knows the importance of security even at small airports. He says small airports have their advantages.

"The best thing about small airports is the people who are around the airports. They know just about everybody. Collectively they know everybody that has an airplane here or even needs to be at the airport."

When you think of airport security the first thing that comes to mind is metal detectors and luggage checks. But even at small airports, such as the one in Nacogdoches, security is of a high priority.

"Some of the things that have been implemented here is the fencing, the barrier fencing and so forth, and the automatic gates where you have to have a code to get in and out." says Dunn.

But, Mayor Dunn does not believe our country's smaller airports are your typical terrorist targets.

"About all they would do to themselves by flying a small airplane into a building is kill themselves."

Dunn tells us the one thing he believes would improve security in our country is more profiling. He calls that our first line of defense.

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