Impact of national security directives light at YVRA
Steamboat Springs — Yampa Valley Regional Airport public security director Tyler Whitmore got the call at 2 a.m. Thursday morning. Transportation Security Administration coordinators told him that the airport needed to be in line with immediate national security directives before the first flight departed at 7:50 a.m.
As a reaction to reports that British authorities foiled an elaborate terrorist plot to bomb multiple jet liners bound from the United Kingdom to the U.S., the U.S. Department of Homeland Security raised the threat level to high for all for commercial flights operating in or destined for the U.S. The bomb plot reportedly involved liquid explosives inside luggage.
“Due to the nature of the threat revealed by this investigation, we are prohibiting any liquids, including beverages, hair gels, and lotions from being carried on the airplane,” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in a Thursday statement.
Whitmore said that making the airport compliant with the new directives was a matter of posting notices and making people aware of the new regulations.
While lines clogged Denver International Airport’s screening areas Thursday morning, Whitmore said there were no unusual problems, significant delays or departing flights cancelled at the YVRA.
“We worked through the issues, it went really smooth,” Whitmore said. “It hasn’t impacted the flying public out of Hayden.”
The only noticeable difference Whitmore said that people will recognize with the new security directive is the presence of law enforcement officers at screening checkpoints.
“We had to get the Hayden Police Department down here this morning, and they’ve been really helpful, ‘johnny-on-the-spot,'” Whitmore said.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
We’re currently feeling the effects of climate change here in the Yampa Valley, with severe drought conditions, the closure of the Yampa River, wildfires in our recreation areas and burn scar mudslides that shut down…