- The Washington Times - Monday, July 2, 2007

Airports across the region yesterday tightened security efforts after an attempted attack on a Glasgow, Scotland, airport in which terrorists crashed a Jeep into the main terminal, then set the vehicle ablaze.

Officials were making random vehicle inspections at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, said Tara Hamilton, a Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority spokeswoman.

Miss Hamilton said airport officials were working closely with federal authorities and that both facilities were “under police presence.”

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport also was working with federal and Maryland authorities and inspecting vehicles at the entrance, said spokesman Jonathan Bean.

However, the airports reported no delays on flights or of passengers waiting to enter the airports or get through security checkpoints.

“We’re operating normally at all of our airports,” Miss Hamilton said. “Any delays are for weather, mechanical or other normal reasons.”

Two suspects were arrested in the attack Saturday at Glasgow Airport, but no bystanders were reported injured.

On Friday, authorities thwarted two coordinated car-bomb attacks in central London. Investigators said they think all of the attacks are connected.

Chief Cathy L. Lanier said yesterday that the Metropolitan Police Department has not increased security patrols.

“I remain in communication with federal authorities regarding national security measures, which impact our city,” she said. “And my department continues to conduct daily inspections of locations throughout the district to guard against terrorist attacks.”

The Washington Metro Area Transit Authority did not respond to calls about whether it has increased security on buses and subways.

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