Due to the typically busy Fourth of July holiday and an attack at a Scotland airport this weekend, San Francisco International Airport is stepping up security at its terminals.
A fiery Jeep Cherokee slammed into Glasgow Airport in Scotland on Saturday — a day after two car bombs were found in what is believed to be a related crime in London — prompting all three major Bay Area airports to heighten security. The jump in security protocol comes even though the federal threat level has not been elevated from orange, a level that has been in place since August 2006.
SFO duty manager Lily Wang said the airport has more bomb-sniffing dogs and San Francisco Police Department Airport Bureau officers monitoring the terminals. On Saturday, Wang said, the airport devoted particular attention to cracking down on drop-off and pick-up curbside lingerers, which she said can prompt some security concerns and reduce the natural ebb and flow of traffic in the already busy terminals.
“It’s always been a problem,” Wang said, noting that it has been a particularly busy summer for SFO so far. “But we’re cracking down more. If you have to stay longer than it takes to drop off, you’re going to have to park in the lot.”
Oakland International Airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said that airport is operating under similarly stricter security protocols, and emphasized that stopping at the airport’s drop-off and pick-up curbsides is prohibited. Unattended vehicles, in the interest of security, will be cited and towed, she said.
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International has also increased the number of patrol officers and canine units curbside and increased the frequency of random vehicle checks, airport spokesman David Vossbrink said.
Dan Hollister, waiting at the SFO security gate for an out-of-town arrival, said Sunday that he didn’t mind the additional security, particularly in light of the Glasgow incident. He said that since it’s often hard to determine exactly when flights are arriving or when a friend will make it down to the pick-up area, he typically parks in the garage anyway.
“It’s a lot better than circling for hours and missing each other about five times in a row,” Hollister said.