Airports around the nation on alert

Travelers at a ticket counter inside a RDU terminal. (AP)
May 2, 2011 10:44:05 AM PDT
It was the 9/11 attack that changed the entire aviation industry and the way people fly and go through airport security.Now with the killing of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the attacks, comes concerns about retaliation attacks.

Currently at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, there are no long lines or additional pat-downs, but some passengers say they are still a little nervous.

"I woke up a little hesitant this morning about jumping on a plane this morning," passenger Ellen Joyner said.

But airport officials say passengers can rest easy. So far the Transportation Security Administration has not made any changes to security at RDU.

As passengers make their way through the gates, there are heightened security measures going on behind the scenes.

Still for some passengers, the potential threat of retaliation for bin Laden's death is of no concern.

"It's irrelevant to me," passenger Ken Lowe said. "I feel when my time has come, its come."

However, a potential threat is top of mind for government leaders.

Congressman G.K Butterfield, who was on hand at RDU Monday morning, advises caution with a bit of normalcy.

"We were told that Washington, D.C. is on heightened security, but that we should not change any of our patterns, just be extra careful and that we are," he said.

There was noticeably more traffic enforcement out Monday to keep vehicles moving.

Meantime, the secretary of Homeland Security has issued a statement saying they will only issue a travel alert if and when they receive credible information that the public is at risk.

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