Southern NM airports heighten security

September 9, 2011 • State News

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Southern New Mexico airports are on alert as the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks approaches.

The heightened security measures come after recent warnings about al-Qaida threats to [auth] small airplanes and the terrorist group’s focus on striking on anniversaries of events.

Silver City Airport Manager Larry Anderson tells the Las Cruces Sun-News ( ) they’re keeping an eye on things and the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department will be driving by and checking things out.

Las Cruces International Airport Manager Lisa Murphy says some security measures are already in place and have been working well.

Murphy says they have staff ready to do an inspection of the airport on Sunday and will ask the Las Cruces Police Department to patrol as necessary.

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