A cargo area of Logan International Airport has been evacuated after a K-9 dog picked up a suspicious scent while making its routine rounds. Phil Orlandella, the spokesperson for the airport, indicated that the package in question had a Nigerian address. On CNN, there was footage of a Fed Ex plane, but it is not known at this time if that was the very plane upon which the suspicious package arrived.
In fact, at this juncture not much is known at all, except that the situation is being taken very seriously, as reported by the Associated Press. The story marks the second time today I’ve watched something unfold on TV and immediately thought about my children.
Thankfully, my family and I are staying put this holiday season. But if we were traveling, there sure would be a lot to address with my kids. Paula has already given parents some great tips on what to expect and how to address the new TSA security guidelines with our little ones. In my opinion, today’s scare should be part and parcel of any such conversation.
Even though we’re not traveling, I still plan on speaking with my 9 year-old about what happened today at Logan. Hopefully, I’ll be addressing something that proved to be nothing more than a false alarm. But regardless of how the developing story turns out, it still serves as an important reminder of why there are such heightened TSA guidelines, regardless of what your personal feelings on those guidelines may be.
And though I realize that the suspicious package in question was not found on a traveler, or detected on account of the new procedures, it is still a reminder that danger is lurking. And our government is doing the best it can to minimize it.
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