Management at the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Regional Airport follows the old adage â€” better safe than sorry.
Since the terrorists attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001, safety devices totaling $26,000 have been added to the airport.
Airport Manager Jeff Lynn feels the money is well spent.
â€œThe security measures make the tenants more comfortable,â€ he said. â€œThey feel safer leaving their planes here, and they feel safer flying in and out of here.â€
Since 9/11, a four-camera security system has been added as well as fencing and a keypad gate. A security officer now patrols the 453-acre piece of property, and stricter policies are in place for airplane rentals.
â€œIf we donâ€™t know them itâ€™s typically going to be hard for them to rent an aircraft the first day, before we check out their identification,â€ Lynn said.
Stricter policies not only affect strangers to the airport but regular visitors. â€œRegularsâ€ at the airport now have to go through an automatic gate. Lynn said the inconvenience seems to be worth the reward.
â€œMost of them are very understanding,â€ he said. â€œNaturally the keypad system takes time to get past the gate, but weâ€™ve had very few complaints. Most people are glad that we got it.â€
The changes at the airport took time and money, but Lynn said they werenâ€™t required. The security improvements were recommended by the Transportation Security Admission.
The security additions over the last three years wonâ€™t be the last. Lynn said more fencing, another keypad gate and additional lighting will be added in the future.
â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™ll ever be the same as it was before 9/11,â€ he said. â€œYouâ€™ve got to constantly be thinking of new ways to enhance security.â€
by Diane Turbyfill