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Holiday weekend prompts security concerns at RSW

Posted at 10:26 PM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 22:26:58-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Heavy traffic over the holiday weekend is prompting more security at airports around the country.

In light of last week's terror attacks on a Turkish airport, some travelers at Southwest Florida International airport have concerns. "Since September 11, 2001, it makes you nervous to travel anywhere," said traveler Bill Smith from New York. "I mean, you have to be on heightened alert, you have to be cautious.

Others are not as bothered. "I'm a positive woman," said Lin Aly. "I believe in God. I'm not worried, I give God the whole situation and He will take care of it."

That's exactly what the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants holiday patrons to do. Secretary Jeh Johnson said he doesn't want the fear of terrorism to stop people from celebrating independence day. "Continue to go to public events, but be aware and vigilant," he said.

With more travel, comes more security at major airports. Security measures will be strict, even if it means longer lines at TSA. "We will not short cut aviation security in response to increased travel volume or longer wait times," said Secretary Johnson.

If it means keeping his family safe, Smith doesn't mind. "Understand that the measures that are put in place, which slow everybody's life down a little bit when you get through airports, are there for a reason. To make sure that attacks like that are either minimized or non-existent," he said.