SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Security has beefed up at airports all across America following the terrorist attacks in Paris and the release of a hidden bomb recipe by Al Qaeda to the terror group's followers. Explosive experts said the hidden bomb recipe could pose a threat to smaller U.S. airports, without a body imaging device.
Though it may seem like a typical safety checkpoint at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, the Department of Homeland Security said it's not the same. That's because the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has recently taken steps to enhance security following the Paris terror attacks and threats. Alice Wellnitz said the latest moves from the TSA are comforting.
"I'm comfortable that when I sit on a plane I'm going to be safe," said Alice Wellnitz.
Other travelers agree the heightened security is a must.
"Lotta security checks that we have to go through. So I feel like its pretty stout," said Brett Fairley.
"They check your fingers for residue or whatever. So I feel pretty comfortable," said Christopher Stark.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, TSA has started increasing the number of random searches of passengers and carry-on luggage boarding airplanes at U.S. airports in the wake of the terror attacks and threats.
Explosive experts said a perk to any airport is a body scanning device. About a year ago, the Gulfport-Biloxi International airport added its Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machine which provides a full body scan showing any prohibited items.
One safety measure passengers said everyone should take is being more aware of your surroundings.
"If we're watching out and we're more vigilant. I think it's just putting more feet on the street," said Wellnitz.
"You can't have armed guards at every single door, every single business, every single everything. So we just got to be ready when things do happen," said Trevor Ribal.
DHS officials said public awareness, support and participation in homeland security efforts are essential.