COSTA MESA — Officials at John Wayne Airport on Wednesday urged travelers to arrive early and be prepared to provide photo identification as part of increased security measures.
With last week's conviction of 10 terrorists for plotting to blow up the United Nations and New York area commuter tunnels, among other activities, the Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday directed airports across the country to beef up security in case of terrorist retaliation.
No specific threats, however, have been directed at any airport.
Nevertheless, at John Wayne Airport, officials suggested that passengers arrive 30 minutes early and watch for unattended packages.
"This is for traveler security, and it's to have a cautious eye open," said Maudette Ball, an airport spokeswoman.
Earlier this year, the airport had to take extra security measures after the Unabomber--whom the FBI blames for three deaths and 23 injuries in 16 package-bomb attacks since 1978--threatened airliners.
However, the last time a nationwide alert was given was during the Persian Gulf War.
The level of security is not as severe as in 1991, when the war began, Interim Airport Director O.B. Schooley said.