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Travel Slowed by Tighter Airport Security

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Some air travelers will experience delays due to new security measures.
MORRISVILLE — The end of the New Year's holiday meansmany people are traveling home this weekend, but new, tougher airportsecurity measures may slow down some airport visits.

The new measures aren't immediately noticeable to travelers. They arepresent only within a computer that screens passenger's information. Thosewho are selected for baggage searcheswillnotice the extra timethey spend in the terminal, however.

The FAA began phasing in the new computer system Thursday. Whenpassengers check in, airline personnel can look at their criminalbackgrounds and travel history. Any who look suspicious may be subject toa baggage check.

Some civil rights groups say the new regulations target specific ethnicgroups. Anti-discrimination spokesperson Hala Maksoud says the profilesare unacceptable.

Passenger Ajaya Gupta says if it makes air travel safer, it's worth it.

The FAA says it is not attempting to single out any particular ethnicgroup, it is just trying to make flying safer for everyone. The word atRDU Friday was that officials were reviewing the new measures. They havenot said if the new system is already in place at RDU during the phase-instage.

Editor's Note:

Starting January 15th, hourly rates increase from 75 cents to $1. Dailyrates at the short-term parking lots go from $12 to $18 per day.

At the long-term parking lots, it will now cost $6 instead of $4.

The additional fees will help pay for the construction of a new parkingterminal.

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