East Texans confident in local airport security

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The White House has ordered an investigation into why Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was able to board a Christmas flight bound for Detroit with explosives on his body.

"There's always crazy people doing crazy things," said Christin Carter.  Carter checked in Monday afternoon to fly back home to California.  "You can't live your live being afraid of things."

Flights were on time and things were normal at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, Monday.

"There's millions of people that travel, and I think our air system is safe," said Davis Dickson, airport manager.

Dickson said security procedures change all the time, and this week was no different.  He could not go into specifics, but he said adjustments could potentially be made everywhere.

"It could be changes on how we operate on our tarmac, to how we operate in the aircraft," explained Dickson.  "We have a number of authorized people here that constantly monitor changes that might occur that would impact the airport or region."

Dickson said each airport's adjustments are also different.

Mike Coogan went through security in Chicago, and said there was little difference from the normal screening procedures.

"I had to take a lot of stuff out of my bag," said Jason McBride.  He flew in from Dallas.

"It's kind of a headache, but if it's for safety, you try to just go with the flow," he said.

Dickson said it is best for passengers flying out of Tyler Pounds to arrive at least a half-hour before their departure times.

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