Post 9/11 Security

By: Lauren Zakalik
By: Lauren Zakalik

It was five years ago today that national security changed forever. Some of the most noticeable changes occurred in air travel security, from extra passenger screening to added baggage checks. Lansing's Capital City Airport Executive Director Bob Selig says security hasn't been the same since.

"We had, I think, four security cameras prior to 9/11," Selig says. "Now we have 60 to 70 cameras."

The airport added six more police officers to their force and had to hire a security firm. Selig says the added safety measures have cost the airport millions of dollars over the years, but the results are worth it.

"What we are today is much more vigilant, right down to the individual employee. Every employee knows to look for strange things and strange people that are out of place," he says.

Security changes haven't just taken place at the airport. In place like Eaton County, there's been a major increase in emergency response capabilities and equipment.

Windsor Township, along with Charlotte, received a monetary allocation from Homeland Security that allowed the towns to purchase two emergency trailers. These trailers are stocked with anything from inflatable shelters to chemical protection suits.

The Lansing area receives Homeland Security allocations because it is considered a high-risk zone due to the state buildings.

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