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Increased Security At Hartsfield-Jackson The ‘New Normal’

Travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport can expect to see more security measures as the airport's "new normal."
Travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport can expect to see more security measures as the airport's "new normal."
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The “busiest airport in the world” is taking steps to make itself more safe.

Travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport can expect to see SWAT teams, snipers and more police officers.

“I think our law enforcement, and other agencies, are taking a close look at soft targets, such as Hartsfield-Jackson and because of that, that’s why you’re seeing an increased presence,” said airport spokesman Reese McCranie.

So how do passengers feel?

“I’ve been here many times and there’s a lot of security around so I feel like they’ve got it under control,” traveler Janice Rose said.

Cara Cook agreed, “The security always seems to go really well and very organized. I like the Atlanta airport, it’s like my home airport.”

“There’s always the chance of someone getting through or something,” Terry Tankersly said. “It’s hit and miss as to whether they are actually going to be able to get things from what I can tell. So, I don’t feel any more safe or any less safe than I did before, I would say.”

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has called the increased security the “new normal” at Hartsfield-Jackson and airport officials echo that this is the new status quo.