Anchorage airport begins inspecting vehicles

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Uniformed airport safety guards began inspecting all vehicles at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Tuesday.

Airport officials say the inspections will affect vehicles that enter the parking lots at the north terminal and the parking garage at the south terminal.

Airport operations manager Corky Caldwell said the inspections weren't in response to the F-B-I's latest warning of a possible terrorist attack.

''It is certainly a consideration, but the real bottom line is to ensure that we're in line with the Federal Aviation Administration's emergency directives,'' Caldwell said.

Caldwell said the inspections will involve opening the trunks of cars and, in some cases, inspecting beneath the cars and will cause minimal delays for travelers. The inspection program would continue indefinitely.

Caldwell says the airport conducted such inspections during the Gulf War.

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