Airport Security Gets Big Test Today

By Sotonoff, Jamie | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 2, 2003 | Go to article overview

Airport Security Gets Big Test Today


Sotonoff, Jamie, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Jamie Sotonoff Daily Herald Staff Writer

Don't lock your bags.

Put your film in your carry-on bag.

And make sure not to overstuff your suitcase.

These packing tips will help you move through O'Hare International Airport today - a day with potential for long travel delays.

New security measures added this week require every piece of checked baggage to be screened for explosives.

More than 1,000 baggage screeners from the Transportation Security Administration are now working at O'Hare, checking for explosives using high-tech screening machines, bomb sniffing dogs, hand searches and trace machines, which involve wiping a white pad on the baggage.

While the extra security didn't create delays Tuesday and Wednesday, today could be a different story.

The baggage screening process, coupled with the holiday rush and an expected few inches of snow, could mean long lines at check-in counters.

Today is the second-busiest travel day of the holiday season, with more than 180,000 people expected to pass through O'Hare. …

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