Some travelers growing tired of heightened aviation security measures
Holiday travelers Sunday said while they understand the need for heightened security in the wake of the attempted airplane bombing on Christmas day, longer lines at checkpoints and further restrictions on what they can do on a plane are getting tiresome.
"It's ridiculous," said Northborough resident Jim VanderPoel, who was dropping his daughter Courtney off at Logan Express at Shoppers World for a flight back Washington D.C.
"It's like being in jail. You might as well be on a prison ship," he said. "That's the kind of experience it is these days."
VanderPoel, a computer consultant, takes national and international flights twice a week for work, usually departing from Boston on Sunday and returning on Friday.
The new measures were put in place after a 23-year-old Nigerian man tried to light an explosive device that was attached to his body as the Northwest Airlines plane he was on prepared to land at Detroit's Metro Airport on Friday, according to wire reports.
Since the first incident, security lines at airports worldwide have grown longer, and rules have been put into place restricting the movement of passengers while in the air.
Air travelers reported being told by crew members that they could not get out of their seats or have any personal property, such as a blanket, pillow or laptop in their lap during the last hour of a flight.
Security personnel at airports have also been performing more intensive pat-downs of travelers and inspections of their luggage, according to reports.
VanderPoel said he believes security lines are already long enough and didn't see the value in restricting passengers to their seats.
"As if it wasn't bad enough already, some idiot has to get on a plane and light himself on fire," he said. "They had all this security in place and this guy still got on with something."
Reagan King, a 21-year-old Medfield resident, was waiting to be picked up at Logan Express on Sunday after spending the holiday with his father in Albany, N.Y.
King, a student at the University of Dayton in Ohio, said he flies back and forth from home to school a few times a year and is not looking forward to making the trek back for the spring semester.
"I guess it's better safe than sorry, but it's still kind of inconvenient," he said. "You have to get to the airport earlier and earlier every time."
King said he lived on Long Island in 2001 and saw the Sept. 11 attacks firsthand, so the issue of flight security resonated with him. But he said he didn't know what difference it would make to ban passengers from having anything in their lap during a specified time.
"I think that's a bit much," he said. "I just don't know what using a laptop has to do with anything."
MetroWest Daily News writer Kendall Hatch can be reached at 508-626-4429 or email@example.com.