Federal report released on Jackson airport

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Department of Homeland Security has

made 12 recommendations for improvements to security at

Jackson-Evers International Airport.

The recommendations come after a two-year study into airport

security problems. Federal officials would not offer specifics.

Homeland Security Inspector General Richard Skinner began his

inquiry following a series of stories published in 2006 by The

Clarion-Ledger. Those stories detail problems at Jackson-Evers,

including allowing Mayor Frank Melton to bring firearms aboard

commercial flights, tip-offs of undercover inspections and other

security breeches.

The final report says five other airports were studied:

Baltimore/Washington Airport, Charlotte-Douglass International

Airport in North Carolina, Dulles International Airport and in

Virginia, Lubbock International Airport in Texas and Ronald Reagan

Washington National Airport.


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,


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