With addition, Salisbury airport beefs up its security

With addition, Salisbury airport beefs up its security

Feb. 17, 2012 | Written by Jennifer Shutt Staff Writer

SALISBURY — The addition of nonstop flights to Orlando has also brought additional security to the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport.
Thursday, as passengers picked up their boarding passes and dropped off checked bags, additional Transportation Security Agents were making sure they made it to sunny Orlando, Fla.

“Because of the size of the Allegiant aircraft, this airport had to rewrite its TSA approved airport security plan to essentially rival the same airport security plans found at larger airports such as Baltimore-Washington International,” said Bob Bryant, airport manager.
While the changes to airport safety and security have not brought in any additional equipment to the airport, there are additional TSA agents on hand as well as a different plan in place for the partnership with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office.
Since 2003 there has been a deputy from the Sheriff’s Office at the airport six hours a day. The deputy would begin with the first US Airways flight and then leave six hours later. During the rest of the airport’s business day, the Sheriff’s Office would be able to be “summoned back,” according to Bryant.
The addition of Allegiant Airlines will change that schedule Thursdays and Sundays when the 166-passenger flights are expected to depart at 6:55 p.m.

“We are going to be managing our time between the early morning flights with US Airways and the Thursday and Sunday flight arrivals and departures with Allegiant,” said Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis. “There may be a time in the future when we would have a full-time deputy that would do airport security.”
The airport security from the Sheriff’s Office is paid for by the TSA and airport revenue.

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