Logan beefs up security
Logan International Airport beefed up its security staff today on the news that US forces killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks that included two airplanes hijacked from Boston and flown into the World Trade Center.
Other than that it's a normal day, said Thomas Kinton, executive director of the Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs Logan, although he warned travelers to remain vigilant.
"One has to understand terrorism has got many heads," he said. "One head was lopped off yesterday that was long sought after, and that's a good thing, but by no means does it mean victory. And we have to remain extra cautious and alert because we don't know what kind of plan this guy had, if and when his demise came."
The Department of Homeland Security has not raised the official threat level, but US officials have cautioned Americans traveling overseas to be on alert.
"Various countries based on their religious sectors will have varying reactions," Kinton said.
Kinton, who was Massport's aviation director on 9/11, was in Montreal when the terrorist attacks took place and was transported back to Logan that day by the Massachusetts State Police -- first by car, then by an airplane escorted by an F-16 fighter jet.
In the 10 years since the terrorist attacks, Logan has revamped its security system under the guidance of the former head of security at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport.
Logan was the first US airport to test an Israeli technique for identifying suspicious passengers and the first to arm its State Police force -- which has doubled in size since 9/11 -- with submachine guns. Logan was also the first major US airport to operate an in-line baggage system to screen luggage via a conveyor belt for weapons and explosives.