Months after back-and-fourth with the courts, President Donald Trump’s travel ban is now in effect. Together with stricter TSA checkpoints, airports may be a little different this Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Passengers flying out of Evansville may notice a new body scanner in the terminal. It’s not a metal detector or an x-ray, but electromagnetic waves. It’s the newest tool for TSA in Evansville. It allows security to scan for weapons of explosives through clothes.
It’s just one piece of stricter security measures recently ordered by Homeland Security.
“There’s certain people who clearly are not a risk and I don’t think they should be spending a lot of time and energy and effort and money examining people who clearly are not a risk to security,” says Jim Toll, flying to Los Angeles.
Toll says his checkpoint pass was paused in Washington D.C. thanks to a false-hit on his 91-year-old mother. “There was nothing there,” he says, “I don’t know how they saw something.”
Homeland Secretary John Kelly believes the terrorist threat in America isn’t diminishing, and a possibility to ban more electronics is looming.
“I heard something on the news about laptops,” Toll adds, “so maybe there’s something going on.”
President Trump’s travel ban is now in effect, keeping people from Lybia, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, and Syria, out of the country for the next 90 days. The hope is after three months the federal government will have a new plan in place to vet travelers from those countries.
Some passengers, like Chad Renfrow from Beaver Dam, Ky. think the effort will pay off. “Things happen like 9/11, I think we need more security,” he says.
William Nellum isn’t confident a travel ban will make a difference. “The gentleman who just shot up all the senators at the softball practice, he was American,” says Nellum, “you never know who’s a terrorist, you don’t have to be a foreigner to be a terrorist.”
U.S. citizens and green card holders are a couple of the exceptions to the rule, as well as anyone who can prove a bona fide tie to the country, via family, business, or education.
“I do have to respect the point we have issues with our boarders and maybe some issues with certain counties, Brian Wilson says, “but on the other hand we’re a free country, we’re made of all kinds of people.”