Air Passenger Screening Ready at Jonesboro Airport

November 11, 2003 - Posted at 11:33 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Federal screeners are now working in airports in Jonesboro and three other Arkansas cities.  That now completes an effort to tighten security measures after the 9-11 terrorist attacks of 2001.  Other airports affected include El Dorado, Harrison and Hot Springs.

The facilities offer commercial service to Dallas/Fort Worth.  Without the screeners in Arkansas, passengers had to take buses in Dallas in order to be screened before boarding connecting flights.

All four airports have walk-through metal detectors and explosive trace detectors to screen luggage.  The airports soon will receive X-ray machines for carry-on luggage.  Officials say the transition to federal screeners went smoothly.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)