Per the domestic terror alert we reported here earlier this morning, Arkansas officials are responding with updates about local travel and security measures.
Little Rock National Airport announced that:
- Parking immediately in front of the terminal is prohibited as long as the threat level remains at the elevated level.
- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has mandated that passengers not have liquids or gels of any size at the screening checkpoint or in the cabin of the aircraft. This includes beverage, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair gel and other items of similar consistency. The items may be transported in checked baggage, according to TSA.
- In addition, beverages purchased in the sterile area of the concourse must be consumed before boarding an aircraft.
- The airport will implement other security measures mandated by the higher threat level. Airport staff began working to put the new measures in place about 3 a.m. on Thursday.
- Passengers should plan on arriving earlier than normal to ensure that they can get through the enhanced security screening process and make flights on time.
Also, Gov. Mike Huckabee issued the following statement:
"We are working with the Transportation Security Administration and Arkansas State Police to offer any security assistance they may need," said Huckabee. "Travel to and from Arkansas should not be overly affected as long as people comply with new restrictions."
The governor encourages air travelers to go about their plans confidently, while keeping an eye on their surroundings and exercising patience with screening and security officials.