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Terrorist attack attempt increases Jackson airport screenings

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By Roslyn Anderson - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – Travelers can expected beefed up security at airports across the country following Friday's attempted terrorist attack aboard a flight that landed in Detroit.

That is certainly the case at Jackson-Evers International.

There was increased screenings for travelers, particularly international fliers.

Saturday an estimated 3,500 people flew in and out of the Jackson airport.

If you have travel plans airport officials ask that you arrive two hours early and that you are patient and co-operative.

"Honestly I've flown enough times I'm not really that concerned. Stuff like that just happens sometimes, so I'm not really too worried," said Charity Anderson of Jackson who flew to Cleveland Ohio Saturday.

 "Obviously they need them. It's not gonna make me made to wait an extra 20  minutes to get on board a plane if it's gonna keep somebody from setting themselves on fire," said Jackson resident Darnell Dobson who was headed to Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.

"There will be random checks at the gates after you've already processed through. Perhaps when you're boarding an aircraft someone may ask you a few additional questions, ask to look in your bag, things of this nature. That will almost certainly happen if you are traveling through the international routes," said Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Chief Operating Officer Bonnie Wilson.

To avoid even longer security checks Wilson suggests that you adhere to all the airline restrictions.

When possible avoid packing unnecessary liquids, aerosols or gels.

You can purchase those items when you arrive at your destination.

Keep original labels on prescription medications.

If you are an international traveler, the name on your passport must match the name on your reservation and boarding pass.

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