The last holiday we had, Christmas, saw an attempted terrorist attack on an airplane landing in the U.S. Luckily it failed. Now we're facing another holiday, New Year's Eve and Day, and the White House is sending out a release. Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson shared on his views of the situation.
With last goodbyes and well wishes, Kris Lambert prepares to fly out of Omaha's Eppley Airfield with hopes to ring in the New Year in San Diego. For Lambert, there are no worries in the air beyond her delayed flight.
Kris Lambert says, "I feel confident that we're safe." Safe despite an attempted terrorist attack on a U.S.-bound plane on Christmas Day, less than one week ago. That news hasn't prompted Lambert to fear flying but to think about what she would like to see at airports.
"I think that if more measures are put in place I'm fine with that. I don't mind taking more time to check in and so forth, it's all right with me. I'd rather be safe, even if it's a little inconvenient," says Lambert.
Senator Ben Nelson is pleased to see President Obama is already working on the breakdown. "It's to make sure we close that circuit so there aren't any more short circuits in the future, and I think they're doing the right thing to do it quickly and be on task."
Even though security has improved since 9/11, Nelson says this most recent breakdown in communication isn't necessarily embarrassing to our government leaders. "I don't know about everybody being embarrassed in the process, but it's awkward and what I'm more concerned about than embarrassment is to make sure we get that hole plugged so you don't have that disconnect for the future."
Airport security measures are also on the mind of President Obama, who announced Thursday he's reviewing assessments and says "on Tuesday, I will meet personally with relevant agency heads to discuss security enhancements and intelligence-sharing improvements in our homeland security and counterterrorism operations."