Increasing airport security a necessity

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POSTED: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 3:15pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 6:27pm

In his speech Sunday night, President Obama says he expects threats of retalliation against the United States.

That's one of the reasons the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration says they're upping security at airports across the country.

Secretary Janet Napolitano says the national threat level at airports won't be raised until there's a credible threat.   But she adds additional steps are being taken behind the scenes.

The TSA says passengers all across the country can expect more screening, more bag searches, even searches using dogs.  Passengers we spoke with at the Baton Rouge Airport say they're okay with the spike in security.

"Understand that there are people out there who want to hurt us - and if we're all on the lookout - we have a chance of stopping it", says Marvin Bryant - a frequent flier in Baton Rouge from New York City.

The TSA says it's not a bad idea to get to the airport 90 minutes before your flight.   That's for flights at airports across the country, including Baton Rouge.

More information can be found on the TSA's website by clicking here.

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