Airport security to be increased this holiday weekend

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

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Local terror expert: Expect heightened security this holiday weekend

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Travelers to airports this week should expect increased security, in light of recent attacks at international airports.

Glen Duerr, Cedarville University assistant professor of international studies, said the Fourth of July holiday is typically a time for increased security anyways, but with attacks at airports in Brussels, Belgium and Istanbul, Turkey travelers should expect to see more officers.

“Historically, jihadists have noted July Fourth as a day that they have talked about targeting; certainly it’s symbolic in that sense to hit the United States of July 4 and Canada on July 1,” Duerr said. “Neither has happened fortunately but it is something that comes up time and time again.”

Duerr said airports will have more security in between the formal security checkpoints and the more public shopping and eatery areas.

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