Area Airports' Security Remains at Normal Level

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As federal authorities searched for clues to the cause of Wednesday night's jetliner explosion and crash off the New York coast, it was business as usual at area airports yesterday.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which is responsible for airport security, has not heightened security despite some speculation that a bomb might have caused TWA Flight 800 to crash, apparently killing all 230 persons aboard.

"Each airport and airline must have security programs that are regulated by the FAA. We write the guidelines and, if levels of security are heightened, it's something we would do. But there have not been any changes in security," said Arlene Salac, FAA spokeswoman in New York for the eastern region that oversees Washington National, Washington Dulles International and Baltimore-Washington International airports.

Miss Salac could not say why FAA officials had not decided by last night to increase security.

But most travelers at BWI said security measures seem adequate.

"Airport security is very good. …