Safety and security top priorities at San Diego airport
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Safety and security remained the top priorities at the San Diego International Airport following this week’s terror attacks in France.
Although the local airport had not received new security directives from the Transportation Security Administration, “the airport always remains vigilant,” Judy McSweeney of the Airport Authority told City News Service. However, airport workers were “ready and set” should new TSA directives be handed down, she said.
About 200 people attended a local candlelight vigil outside the House of France in Balboa Park Thursday night. The attendees brought French flags, and pens and pencils to demonstrate their support for freedom of the press.
The two brothers suspected of killing a dozen people in an attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday were reportedly on a “no fly” list barring them from entering the United States. Said Kouachi, 34, and his brother, Cherif, 32, were killed Friday after being cornered by security forces northeast of Paris. Officials believed they were connected with al-Qaida in Yemen, which has called for attacks on Western targets, according to news reports.
Amedy Coulibaly, a suspect in the killing of four hostages at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris on Friday, was also killed by police. Coulibaly was also suspected in the killing of a policewoman one day earlier. His girlfriend, Hayat Boumeddiene, was being sought by police, according to news reports.
The terror attacks prompted marches and vigils in San Diego and throughout the world. Around 700,000 people participated in demonstrations throughout France earlier today, according to Le Parisien.