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RDU on Heightened Alert After UK Terror Scares

Posted June 30, 2007

— Raleigh-Durham International Airport was operating under a code Orange threat level Saturday afternoon in response to a suspected terrorist incident in Glasgow, Scotland.

Passengers, however, should not notice any differences in airport operations as a result of the heightened security, airport spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin said.

Hamlin said there have not been any delays and that any long lines could be attributed to the holiday weekend.

Airports across the U.S. heightened their security in response to a flaming sport utility vehicle crashing into the main terminal of Glasgow Airport Saturday, the White House said.

The United States, however, is not raising its terror alert status, White House spokesman Tony Snow said.

"There is no indication of any specific or credible threat to the United States - no change in the overall security level," he said.

The crash at Glasgow airport comes exactly a week before the second anniversary of the July 7 bombings that killed 52 people and a day after authorities discovered two explosives-packed cars in the heart of London's nightlife district.


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  • Lance324 Jul 2, 2007

    Sure wish they would be tighter on letting people in from Mexico. I'm sick of it.

    I agree with you. We need to put a stop to all the Mexicans coming into the country. They are taking over the South. Before you know it their language will be the primary language in schools there.

  • saetravina Jul 2, 2007

    Not everyone over seas / abroad hates us. But in March, security was pretty tight getting back into the US. Long lines for customs and security checks. Be prepared to spend some time in the airport, thats all I have to tell ya.

    Sure wish they would be tighter on letting people in from Mexico. I'm sick of it.

  • FlSunshine Jul 1, 2007

    If you have not been abroad you have no clue how the rest of the world regards the US. Most of them hate us. Plain fact. Their news media is not the least bit shy about reporting negatively about the US. Really surprising what they say. Stuff you won't hear in our media. We need protection. Our borders are are leaking like a sieve and Congress/President are doing nothing about it. I am really disappointed.

  • ladyblue Jul 1, 2007

    All of your posts make sense and I heard before that the codes are to make Amerians feel safe. We should know that since the first attack on the trade center, we were no longer a nation without terrorist. Instead the president on watch reduced our military, slackened our security, and played around in the White House. Anyone who feels we don't have terrorist here in this country planning soemthing, must be pretty laid back. WE have to be more alert, not afraid of insulting ones feelings, and not only look for names you can't spell. There are Americans on this soil planning right along with the Muslim radicals as we write. WE need to allow our government to spy if necessary on it's americans and foreign citizens. Liberals are afraid of taking away our rights, but I rather have my country and my life than my rights to being tapped. I have nothing to hide and don't talk to terrorists.

  • twright530 Jul 1, 2007

    The Dems are holding their breath that we dont get hit, and how many soldiers did Scotland have in Iraq to cause this attack. Well CNN will have this as Bushes fault by Monday morning anyway.

  • Moriahe Jul 1, 2007

    Why bomb an airport? I just don't get it. It would really scare people if a shopping mall were attacked.

  • -info- Jul 1, 2007

    Heres a question...if anyone dares to report a suspection, and the individual is Muslim...whats the worlds record for a lawsuit??? I think its 2 hours presently......I bet just because of this an ugly incident does happen.................

  • MajorLeagueinfidel Jul 1, 2007

    Not worried if the general middle eastern population cares if we have a female president..the extreme MALE Islamic terrorist view women very negatively...will having a female president add to their view of us as filth?

  • dwntwnboy Jul 1, 2007

    RDU has been at "orange alert" for almost a year now...just like every other airport in the nation. They went to that after the liquid bomb scare last summer and they have no intention of lowering it any time soon according to TSA officials I speak to on a daily basis. The color codes are a joke. No one can tell you what it takes to lower a color and I've worked at the airport for years. We as a nation should be on alert all the time, not just when a color code is changed. What color code were we at on Sept. 10th 2001?? We weren't. It's just like chicken little- "the sky is falling, the sky is falling". We might as well have level "plaid" or "defcon pink". They are just there to make you FEEL safe, they don't really mean anything. The TSA will do the same job in scanning your bags and searching your person at every color code level, that's what they do. You may just get pulled aside more often if you have a tan or hard to pronounce last name.

  • Tired Of Excuses Jul 1, 2007

    Having lived abroad, airports should ALWAYS have heightened security no matter what the "threat level" is. We're still at war folks. Many countries in the world don't like us view us as a bunch of whinny spoiled brats and have for about the last 20 years. Let's not get too comfortable just because there's no "indication of any specific or credible threat to the U.S."