Impact of national security directives light at YVRA |

Impact of national security directives light at YVRA

— 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.

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