12 years later: Airport security still tight on 9/11

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - After September 11, 2001, airport security began to tighten. New rules and long security lines led some to dread traveling.

The memories of that tragic day 12 years ago still make some people a little uneasy about flying on 9/11. But that wasn't the case for Katherine Ramsey. The Bay St. Louis resident was at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Wednesday and said she has no problem with it.

"I have three children in the military, two sons-in-law in the military, so I feel like it's my duty to fly today to show support for them," said Ramsey.

She remembers 9/11 like it was yesterday, but believes it shouldn't stop anyone from flying.

"There's plenty of security and we have to remember they can't rule our lives," Ramsey said of the terrorists who left Americans in fear that day in 2001.

George Spring is from Hattiesburg. Like Ramsey, he remembers 9/11 vividly. Because of his job, he spends a lot of time in the air. He said the days of hopping right onto your flight are long gone, and he's okay with that.

"People needed to be showing up early anyway, but I'm all for better security," said Spring.

Shortly after 9/11, it took hours to get through security at most airports. Even though the screening is still rigorous, travelers like Natasha Brown think people have just grown accustomed to it.

"I think people are aware when they pack their bags that they can only have three ounces. And when you're getting dressed in the morning, you know you're going to have to take off your shoes and your belt. I think people are just getting used to it," said Brown.

Most passengers we spoke with said they were not afraid to fly on September 11, but the increase in security for the anniversary still makes them feel good.

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