Airports stepping up security measures - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Nick Paranjape reports

Airports stepping up security measures

Airports all over the county, including Memphis International, are stepping up security measures as we head into the summer travel season this Memorial Day weekend.

Security enhancements have been added inside and outside the airport.

Thousands of passengers are screened at Memphis International.

So are the employees.

"Over the last year there has been some concerns associated with airport employees, airline employees who have access into the airport," says Federal Security Director Donald Barker.

For that reason, the Transportation Security Administration felt the need to add more security measures.

Barker is the Federal Security Director for West Tennessee and he gave us a rare behind-the-scenes look at secure zones within the airport.

Barker says roving patrols now screen employees, vendors, contractors anybody who comes through these gates.

They are screened randomly, anywhere, anytime.

"There have been couple of seizures of prohibitive items coming through into the checkpoint. As a matter of fact, this very gate your standing in front of," adds Barker.

Inside, Barker says they've implemented more aggressive screening at checkpoints on their own employees.

Barker adds, "place devices in baggages, also place devices on persons and send them through checkpoints and see if we can penetrate our own security."

It's all in an effort to stay one step ahead of those who want to cause harm.


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