Charlotte airport makes security more visible during holiday travel

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With recent attacks overseas and heavy Fourth of July traffic, Channel 9 spoke with travelers at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport about their concerns.

Lisa Brantmeyer was heading overseas at the airport. Her travel plans came days after terrorists in Istanbul stormed Turkey’s largest airport, opened fire and set off explosives. More than 40 people died.

"Our family is very worried about us. Everybody is telling us to travel safely," she said.

Charlotte airport officials told Eyewitness News that they expected an extremely busy travel period. Officials said they are working to make security more visible. Authorities said they cannot discuss specific measures they are taking, but that they are in contact with federal partners, including the Department of Homeland Security.

Crime and terrorism analyst Brad Garrett said airports are usually run by local law enforcement, so a national security change would also require changes in federal rules.