Rep. Don Young searched at Anchorage airport

Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Workers at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport selected Alaska Rep. Don Young to be searched before he boarded a flight to Fairbanks.

''There I was with my boots off and my belt buckle off,'' Young said, demonstrating his spread-eagle stance Tuesday to members of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce.

Young is chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. It was his committee that wrote the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, signed into law in November. The legislation calls for federal marshals on commercial flights, increased security in airports and jets and comprehensive screening of every checked bag on all commercial flights.

Young shows his driver's license and not his congressional ID as identification in airports.

Anchorage airport director Mort Plumb wasn't surprised that Young had been searched. It can happen to anybody now, he said, laughing.

''Have you flown lately?'' he asked. ''Everybody is searched.''

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