The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and today the hostage situation in Mali has some travelers rethinking their plans. November 20th through December 1st is the busiest travel period for the year. Omaha Airport Authority Chief of Police Tim Conahan says about 7,000 seats were added to flights in and out of Omaha during the Thanksgiving travel period and he wants the traveling public to know each and every security measure is in place.
Travelers are also more worried about the possibility of bombs being planted on planes after downing of a Russian jet last month. Some believe that vendors that have access to planes may be the entry point for these terrorists. Chief of Police Conahan says that is what is called an “insider threat”. He says, “All of the personnel that work at the airport, airline employees, vendors in the food service industry, they are all vetted extensively before they are allowed to work at the airport and actually inside secured areas.”
Chief Conahan says O-A-A works closely with the TSA, the FBI, the Nebraska State Patrol and the Omaha Police Department to insure traveler safety. He won’t go in to details but says to provide the security needed in today’s world you have to be at the top of your game each and every day.