Sioux Falls Airport Holds Vehicle Checkpoint
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
April 30, 2013 6:34 PM
“We just to make sure the plan that we have on paper actually works in real life,” said Executive Director of The Sioux Falls Airport, Dan Letellier.
A quick check under the car and look in the trunk, as those flying pulled up at the Sioux Falls Airport, then they were on their way. There was no TSA mandate to check cars in Sioux Falls, Tuesday. It's just airport officials practicing security drills.
“Every three years we need to conduct a live security drill that implements aspects of our security plan,” saud Letellier.
The officers don't perform these types of inspections every day.
“The officers have been trained on what to look for and how to conduct those inspections,” said Letellier.
Officials say a check point like this could be set up quickly, in case there was a heightened threat of terrorism.
“If we had the direction, either airport specific or across the country, that we needed to conduct vehicle inspections, this is how we would accomplish it,” said Letellier.
The inspections are voluntary. But, a potential threat, according to airport officials, is real.
Practice for what could be an incredibly dangerous situation. Officers keep their skills sharp as they prepare for the worst.