Travellers: Be terror aware

By David Medrano |Staff Writer|

Summer is just around the corner and to the majority of the students and staff of CSUSB it means the possibility for vacation travel. However it is important to remain vigilant for a possible terrorist attack against our public travel systems.

As indicated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), it is important to always be aware of our surroundings for anything suspicious.

“We ask the traveling public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the authorities,” stated TSA.

According to a source to the The Sun, the Ontario Airport is expressing concern about the situation with bin Laden’s death and the possibility of retaliation.

“Ontario International Airport is always on alert,” said officials from Los Angeles World Airports, “given that U.S. transportation systems are subject to terrorist attacks.”

The The Sun stated that despite remaining on a heightened state of vigilance, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday it did not intend to issue a warning on airport security.

“We will only issue alerts when we have specific or credible information to convey to the American public,” said the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano.  “However, our security posture, which always includes a number of measures both seen and unseen, will continue to respond appropriately to protect the American people,” she added.

Nico Melendez a spokesperson for TSA gave a little bit of information of what travelers will be noticing in airports.

“As always, passengers may notice a variety of security measures at U.S. airports to include the use of physical bag checks, random gate screening, explosives detection technology, canine teams and behavior detection officers,” said Melendez.

According to NBC there was some information recovered from bin Laden’s compound suggesting a terrorist attack aimed at the U.S. railroad system.

“Some of the first information gleaned from Osama bin Laden’s compound indicates al-Qaeda considered attacking U.S. trains on the anniversary of 9/11,” NBC reported. “But U.S. officials have no recent intelligence indicating such a plot is active.”

With the information provided by the Department of Homeland Security and TSA, 50 randomly selected students at CSUSB were asked if they had any concerns about traveling.

Eighteen students admitted to be concerned and believe that some kind of retaliation will be likely.

“We Americans need to be in high alert, because I think now al-Qaida will be more active, I hope I’m wrong though,” said a CSUSB student who asked not to be identified.

The remaining 32 students admitted to be somewhat concerned to not being concerned at all, stating that it was unlikely to have another incident like 9/11 thanks to the security measures in our borders and airports.

“The U.S. hasn’t seen any terrorist attacks since 9/11, and that is because our homeland security is keeping it that way, and I’m confident they will keep it that way,” a CSUSB student added.


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