Governor Lincoln Almond is backign President Bush's plan to federalize security at airports. For now, he is not taking up the president's suggestion to call up National Guard troops to provide extra security at T.F. Green Airport. The governor said in a statement he would consider using the National Guard, if there is any need later.
Airport Director Michael Cheston is assuring travellers Green is safe. He noted today National Guard troops could help cut costs. " We're probably going to end up doubling our police budget this year. We're probably spending another $10,000 a day for outside police support," said Cheston.
Airport officials gave Senator Jack Reed a tour of Green to highlight new security measures. They note that security measures are frequently changed to keep would be terrorists off ballance.