Originally created 02/25/03

Vehicles to be inspected at Hartsfield airport



ATLANTA -- A directive from the federal Transportation Security Agency to begin random inspections of vehicles approaching Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport is expected to go into effect Tuesday.

All trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles will be searched and other privately owned vehicles will be randomly inspected, said airport spokeswoman Lanii Thomas.

Traffic delays are expected and airport officials are advising passengers to either take public transportation or get to the airport at least an hour before departure. At peak times, travelers should give themselves three hours before departure, Thomas said.

The inspections will be done around the clock and will happen on access roads to the main terminal buildings on both the north and south sides.

The directive came Feb. 8 because of intelligence information but its enforcement had been delayed because of problems with traffic flow at the airport, TSA spokesman Robert Johnson said.