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Some Passengers Nervous About Enhanced Airport Security

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Catherine Vaughan has just arrived at the airport from LAX. She's waiting near baggage claim for her son to pick her up. Vaughan says, besides having to take off her jewelry and empty her pockets, going through airport security wasn't as bad as she thought it would be.

"It really had me nervous because traveling with him I didn't know what to expect."

The "him" she's referring to is her two-year-old Chihuahua - "Boots" - sitting inside a pet carrier.

Vaughan says she's not opposed to the enhanced airport security.     

"I'm for anything that's going to keep us safe but sometimes I think it's a little bit invasive. I felt really strange there because I had my shoes off, I had to take this bag off."

There are no full-body scanners at Sacramento International. But Airport spokeswoman Gina Swankie says some people may be selected for an enhanced pat-down.

"There's always been a process that's a pat-down, it's just now it's a little bit more extensive."

She says if you are selected for a pat-down you can choose to have the procedure done away from other passengers.  

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