Airports take Unabomber `prank' seriously
Lori Sharn; Jonathan T. Lovitt
Extraordinary security measures for airline passengers and mail will stay in place
in California until officials deem the threat from the "Unabomber" has passed.
Today is the busiest travel day of the Independence holiday weekend, but long
delays are not expected at airports.
"Word has gotten out about what passengers should do," said Air Transport
Association spokesman Chris Chiames.
He said travelers are lining up early with tickets and driver's licenses in hand to
meet security measures put in place after the bomber threatened to blow up an
airliner out of Los Angeles within six days.
The bomber has struck 16 times since 1978, killing three.
A letter Wednesday to The New York Times said the threat was a "prank,"
The Times and The Washington Post have received a 35,000 word manifesto
from the Unabomber. He linked its publication to a promise to stop killing
Still security remains high:
-- Mail was back on passenger planes, but packages from California weighing 12
ounces or more are being sent by ground, said Dan Mihalko of the Postal
Packages dropped in collection boxes will be returned.
-- One passenger resembling a sketch of the terrorist was held for questioning.
Passengers were pressing on. "I figured there are 2,000 flights a day out (of Los
Angeles), so I figured the odds were good," said Bob Trzeciak, 49.