Changes in security for air travel

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By Krystal Allan – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - When you book a flight, you'll have to offer up more personal information in the name of security. Now, passengers will have to include information like their birthday and gender.

The goal is to help the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security better identify passengers boarding flights, especially those on the No-Fly list.

Barbara Krugler was traveling through the Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport from Iowa. In  the wake of last week's terrorist attempt to fly explosives into the U.S. using cargo planes, Krugler said she welcomes any steps to ensure her safety.

"Having the upgrades makes sure [people] are who they say they are... and there's documentation to support it. I think with our most recent threats it makes more sense to have more security," said Krugler.

Bruce Frallic, the director of the Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport, said all cargo on passenger flights is screened.  The recent terrorist incident involved cargo planes which, for now, do not have the same screening policy.

As for the security upgrades at the airport, Frallic said there won't be any major changes at security checkpoints.  Metal detectors, full body scans and explosive detection equipment, among other security measures, will still be used to ensure safety for passengers.

He said TSA might be performing more pat-downs at security check-points, but it shouldn't create any major hold-ups for passengers.

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