State Firms Take Security Measures for Possible War

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By Michael Smith Security measures are being taken by airports and oil field companies in Oklahoma as the threat of war in the Persian Gulf increases, but officials are wary of giving many details.

The additional efforts range from specific plans because of recent events to a general, heightened sense of awareness on the part of authorities.

Tom Morton, spokesman at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, said a specific plan to address the rising security threat is in place and has been approved the Federal Aviation Administration.

``Basically the plan deals with graduated threat levels,'' Morton said Tuesday. ``At this time, no elements of the security plan have been implemented.''

Morton said normal security includes pre-board screening, airport employees being alert to suspicious or abandoned articles and restricting the airfield to authorized personnel only.

``The plan could call for assistance from the Oklahoma City police department and several other law enforcement agencies,'' Morton said.

Officials at Tulsa International Airport met again Tuesday to discuss enhanced security efforts.

``We have additional personnel assigned to the airport to enhance security,'' said Police Sgt. Roger Jolliff of the department's Uniform East Division, which handles airport security. He would not say how many have been added, but said they have been in place for the past few weeks.

``We're just stepping up routine efforts,'' Jolliff said. ``We've had a number of meetings concerning security.''

Jolliff said officers have met with FAA representatives and the Tulsa International Airport Authority in developing the plan.

Oil companies in Oklahoma also are very aware of terrorist threats to refineries in the United States and abroad.

George Minter, spokesman for Phillips Petroleum Co. in Bartlesville, said security is adequate. …