POSTED: Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 9:49pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 10:09pm
EL PASO, TX — Security officials across The United States are on alert for a possible terrorist attack, as this week is the one year anniversary since US Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden in a raid on his compound in Pakistan.
Is the heightened security alert frightening passengers who are traveling by plane this week?
The US says Al-Qaida has been severely weakened after the death of bin Laden, yet they say they are on high alert.
As travelers go about their business at The El Paso International Airport, the one year anniversary of terror leader Osama bin Linden's death is just around the corner.
"I was watching the news that morning on my way to work when they bombed the towers and I said everything is going to change. From now on it will never be the same, and it hasn't been,” said traveler Rexanne Buchanan.
Buchanan says her dad is a retired commercial pilot and security in the air was always his top priority.
"He took care of business. He had a few instances. You know, they were trained. They are trained to take care of business. You know, unruly passenger and stuff. That’s happened a few times in the last month or so,” said Buchanan.
Dustin Blystone just landed in The Sun City after traveling with students to an Academic competition. Despite the looming anniversary of bin Laden's death, he says his students have gotten used to security threats.
"We were talking about that with the students. They've grown up with it, so they don't know any different I guess. I don't think we can let anything scare us or keep us away from traveling, and doing the things we need to do,” said Blystone.
Although government officials aren't saying if there is a particular anniversary threat. The White House says they have reason to believe Al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against The US.