Security delays could increase at airports across the U.S. amid Israel-Iran conflict – WPEC

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Some aviation experts believe certain delays could happen if the war between Israel and Iran intensifies.

KOMO spoke with Michael Boyd, president of Boyd Group International, an aviation consulting and research firm based out of Colorado, who said airports across the country could see security delays due to the war.

“What we’ve told airports that we work with, “It’s your responsibility to make sure that you have a plan.” That plan is if something happens at Seattle, or something happens at Spokane, or something happens at Bellingham, you better have a plan on your own to know what to do about it. The TSA, they’re fine, fine people working at these airports, I think the world of them. They’re not security, they’re the pointy object patrol,” Boyd said. “We may have some knee jerk reactions from Homeland Security that will quote ‘increase security checking’ at our airports. Won’t do much of anything, but for the eyewash. We may see some delays getting people through security in the next several days depending on how far this war goes.”

A TSA spokesperson told KOMO that TSA at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will be prepared and that they’re always addressing potential security threats.

Boyd said, “every commercial airport in America should be looking at their security plans, should be looking at their event mitigation plans, should be talking to whoever they work with the TSA about what we have to do. Right now, there is a war going on. When a war goes on it can spread very rapidly. For passengers, be aware of that and in any case, understand that getting through airport, what they’re calling security may be a lot more difficult.”

Boyd added that depending on the severity of the conflict, more flights crossing the Atlantic may see some delays.

Officials at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport told KOMO everything is operating normally, including security operations.

KOMO talked with several passengers flying domestically on Saturday. They told KOMO they were aware of the situation, but were not particularly concerned. If needed, they’d arrive earlier at the airport when flying out.

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