Sami took a very early morning flight from Jacksonville back to New Jersey on Thursday morning. He called me while he was on the plane waiting to take off to say that the TSA was surprisingly rigorous at the checkpoint, reminiscent of the security practices following 9/11. Everyone had to take their shoes off – a practice that has been abandoned for quite a while – and pulling fully half the travelers aside for pat-downs at the extra stations they had set up. This was about 5:30 am and the checkpoint lines were already backed up due to this activity.
This was unexpected and certainly not anywhere near not the case when Sami flew in on 12/22. There are only so many airports of decent size in Florida. Could it be that there was some serious indication that there would be a terrorism incident at a Florida airport this week and security was beefed up in anticipation?