FOX 8 I-Team investigation brings security changes at Hopkins airport

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- The FOX 8 I-TEAM has found changes at Cleveland-Hopkins Airport days after an I-TEAM report raised questions about security issues.

We saw workers replacing a door behind the Southwest Airlines ticket counter. Installing a heavy-duty lock on it, too.

Last week, we noticed a door there left open, and it didn’t even have a handle on it. A worker told us that the door got padlocked at night, and it was left unlocked during the day because crews were doing construction on the other side of the door.

Airport management did not know about the door problem until the I-TEAM exposed it.

Meantime, we also raised questions about a door nearby marked ‘restricted area’. Multiple employees sometimes go through that door although not everyone swipes an ID card.

Now the airport has made sure all of the doors behind the ticket counter area are marked ‘employees only’. The airport did that to help avoid confusion or alarm. We’re told most of those doors lead only to offices or employee break rooms. One door also leads to other parts of the airport, but to get anywhere else requires more swipe cards and codes.

Airport Director Frank Szabo told the I-TEAM, “We are aware that airlines are still the number one target of terrorists. We’ve been briefed on that on a daily basis. So we want everyone at the airport to feel safe.”

And travelers tell FOX 8, with so much talk of terror, they want to be confident only employees are in the right areas.

Tyrone Bilal said, “That’s a big concern. I just put my family on a plane to Miami, so I would be very concerned about who’s back there.”

Szabo added, that new door just installed had to be ordered.

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