Travelers at LAX were not experiencing unusual delays early Monday as heightened security measures went into effect there and at airports around the world after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden. Security checkpoints were running at their typical Monday rates, as were U.S. Customs and Border Protection operations, said LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles.
Nico Melendez, spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, also said it appeared to be Monday morning business as usual.
In a statement, Los Angeles Airport Police Chief George Centeno encouraged the public to report any suspicious activity to the police by calling (310) 646-7911.
LAX, Ontario International and Van Nuys airports were on heightened alert as of Sunday night, said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, which operates the airports. Officials would not elaborate on what that means to travelers, but LAX has one of the nation’s biggest anti-terrorist operations, visible and invisible. Here's what you may see with the new alert:
* More checkpoints by airport police as travelers enter the central terminal area, as well as a more visible presence of officers overall. LAX is staffed by its own department, but the LAPD has a post there and coordinates additional officers as needed.