Security ramped up at Rochester airport as precaution

Security ramped up at Rochester airport

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The uncertainty of what happened at the Rainbow Bridge earlier Wednesday made for stressful travel for many people arriving in Rochester for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Many of the travelers arriving Wednesday night at the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport said they heard about the fiery crash in Niagara Falls before boarding their flights, and say they were just glad that they were able to make it to Rochester safely and on time.

Reports of the deadly crash spread quickly across the country.

“I did (hear) in Baltimore. There was a heightened security level; they were unsure of what was going on,” said Matthew Riccy. He said he’s glad to have made it to Rochester without any flight delays, just in time for Thanksgiving.

“I’m originally from Rochester, but I moved there (Baltimore) from Norfolk when I was in the Navy, a long time ago,” he added.

Gov. Kathy Hochul says what happened today at the Rainbow Bridge was not terrorism, and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said there was no credible threat to the Rochester airport at any time. But as a precaution, the Sheriff’s Office sent in bomb technicians, SWAT team members and K9 officers to the airport.

Ada and Floyd Curtis were among the many waiting to greet relatives in baggage claim Wednesday, and say they are just thankful law enforcement ramped up security.

“I think it’s probably prudent that the sheriff’s department in Monroe County has decided to increase their presence here,” Floyd Curtis said.

It’s something that unfortunately, Curtis said, you have to plan for any time you travel.

“I think we’re normally used to seeing that any time we travel. I haven’t seen any increase, at least in my perception today. But it’s something we’ve become used to. I think it’s something that’s necessary. People that travel have accommodated themselves to that,” Floyd Curtis said.

It’s a new normal that may be less convenient, but it isn’t going to stop travelers like Chris Toth from doing whatever it takes to be together with family on Thanksgiving Day.

“My uncle and aunt are here and we are spending time down at Conesus Lake. It’s nice to be back. It kind of feels like a second home,” Toth said.

Monroe County deputies say that the increased security measures taken Wednesday were only precautionary — but it you have travel plans Thursday, best bet is to get to the aiport early.