Travelers should expect delays at Tulsa International Airport due to increased airport security. This coming response to the news that British intelligence officials have uncovered a plot to destroy planes destined for the United States.
According to a press reports, security checkpoint lines at TUL were causing two-hour delays. The same wait is being reported for Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers International Airport.
In a press release issued by Tulsa International, the heightened security levels mean that all vehicles in short or long term parking areas will be subject to inspection and that no liquids will be permitted into the cabin of the aircraft, even if it is in the form of a beverage that was purchased in the airport.
Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff has elevated the Homeland Security Advisory System Threat Condition, nationwide, to Severe for all commercial flights from the United Kingdom to the United States, and to High, or Orange, for all other international flights and all domestic commercial aviation.
“The Department of Homeland Security is taking immediate steps to increase security measures in the aviation sector in coordination with heightened security precautions in the United Kingdom, Chertoff said in a statement issued by the Department of Homeland Security. “Over the last few hours, British authorities have arrested a significant number of extremists engaged in a substantial plot to destroy multiple passenger aircraft flying from the United Kingdom to the United States. Currently, there is no indication, however, of plotting within the United States. We believe that these arrests have significantly disrupted the threat, but we cannot be sure that the threat has been entirely eliminated or the plot completely thwarted.”
In response to the news, the Transportation Security Administration has implemented a series of security measures – some invisible to the average traveler – to ensure the safety of the public.