EGG HARBOR TWP.—Increased security patrols by police and bomb-sniffing dogs were instituted today at Atlantic City International Airport after the federal government increased the threat level to orange for all commercial aviation operating domestic U.S. flights.
Law enforcement officers from the Egg Harbor Township police department and the State Police, some with bomb-sniffing dogs, are continually sweeping the terminal, parking lots and the 10-mile perimeter area of the airport.
In addition, all vehicles currently parked or entering the airport are being screened, commercial and airside deliveries are being searched at a designated location, and the short-term parking area has been moved to 300 feet beyond the terminal building.
Since 5 a.m. this morning, ACY Customer Services staff have been greeting travelers at the door with flyers outlining increased security measures implemented by the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration.
Under this order, all liquids and gels are prohibited at the screening checkpoint and on board the aircraft. These items include beverages, shampoo, perfume, suntan lotion, cream, tooth paste, hair gel, and other items of similar consistency. These items can only be stored in checked baggage.
In addition, secondary screening has been implemented at ACY in the upstairs area where passengers await boarding.
Although all outgoing flights at ACY are on-time, travelers are being urged come to the airport two hours ahead of their flight to have adequate time to get through the heightened security. In addition, all customers are being urged to check with their airline about any possible delays caused by the ripple effect of delayed flights in other cities.
“We were able to respond very quickly and comprehensively to this increased threat level ACY Airport Director Thomas Rafter. “The bottom line for us it that we are taking every possible measure to ensure the safety and security of our passengers.”
• For more information about new security measures, check the TSA website at: www.tsa.gov
• To contact the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management: www.state.nj.us/njoem/
• To report any suspicious activity call: 866-4-SAFE-NJ (866-472-3365)
• For information on ACY flights, check the ACY website at: www.acairport.com