Logan Airport Beefs Up Security After Bin Laden's Death

Security at Logan Airport has been beefed up in response to the death of Osama bin Laden, even though there is no known threat to the airport.

An airport spokesman says Homeland Security and state police are boosting patrols in the terminals and curbside, while also paying close attention to airport employee identification badges.

Logan Airport's Sept. 11 memorial, still under construction (Steve Brown/WBUR)
Logan Airport's Sept. 11 memorial, still under construction (Steve Brown/WBUR)

As they have every morning since the attacks, Massport, the Transportation Security Administration, Federal Aviation Administration and public safety officials, along with representatives of all the airlines, huddled for their 8:30 a.m. security briefing.

Massport spokesman Phil Orlandella stressed that the national security level at Logan has not been raised, but says staff has been told to be extra vigilant and to report anything suspicious.

"We understand the TSA has more visibility, people out there," Orlandella said. "We do too: state police. We just met with all the attendants and asked them to be more vigilant and aware. If they see something, say something."

Logan Airport was the launching point for the two jets that struck the World Trade Center towers in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.

Boston's Police Department also took extra steps Monday.

In a recorded statement on the department's website, Commissioner Ed Davis says police have been in contact with Homeland Security and the FBI.

"The Boston Police Department's intelligence unit has worked through the night to monitor all intelligence reports coming from our federal and state partners," Davis said.

The MBTA's security chief says the transit agency is also remaining alert and urging passengers to report anything unusual. The T has had no specific threats.

Some passengers showed little apprehension about flying Monday, and were pleased that U.S. forces finally killed bin Laden.

WBUR's Steve Brown and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


This program aired on May 2, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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