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Security Lax At Smallest U.S. Airports

Terrorists Could Exploit Gaps, Managers Fear. If you’re flying Scenic Airlines from tiny North Las Vegas Airport to Merced, Calif., you won’t be delayed by security procedures. The airport has no metal detectors, no screeners and no X-ray machines for luggage.Scenic flies 19-seat planes to other small western cities and plans to begin service soon to Palmdale, Calif., putting its turboprops within 60 miles of Los Angeles. Swift boarding at the North Las Vegas airport — in contrast to the slow going at nearby McCarran International Airport — is a selling point that Scenic highlights in its marketing pitches to travel agents, airports and passengers. “It’s like the old days,” said Mitzy Daines, director of business development at Scenic. “You can show up for our flights 30 or 40 minutes before the flight departs.” North Las Vegas is one of more than two dozen small airports across the country that lack security operations common at large airports. Some of these airports have daily scheduled service to major airports such as Dallas/Fort Worth International and Albuquerque International. Mesa Airlines, a leading regional carrier, operates out of several of the tiny airports. Full Story

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