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No increased security at RIC

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - One of the most noticeable changes after 9/11 is at the nation's airports, where security has been heightened for the better part of a decade.

Take a look around Richmond International Airport and you won't see a lot of changes after the death of Osama bin Laden. There is no noticeable increase in security and no new procedures at the security checkpoints.

Mike Mason heard the news getting ready for his morning flight. He says he expected the airport to be buzzing.

"I was scratching my head wondering what the airport was going to be like," Mason said. "I had a 7 o'clock flight out of Tampa and normally it's pretty busy so I got there a little bit early."

He says you wouldn't know if bin Laden was dead or alive judging by the activity at the airport.

"I still can't believe it because it's been so quiet," he said. "This guy's been taken out in the middle of the night, his body has been disposed of and things just seem to be normal."

Others say some sort of retaliation is in the back of their minds - whether it happens here at the airport or somewhere else."

Bruce Lowery says payback was the first thing he thought about when he heard the news.

"You got a concern on your hands when you're thinking about the terrorists that want payback," Lowery said. "I think you got to be concerned. We're all concerned."

Chris Keel says he hopes bin Laden's death will ease concerns about a future terrorist attack and might even loosen security at the airport. So far that doesn't look likely but he says he's not going to let a terroristic threat stop him from living his life.

"We can't change our lives just because we think something might happen," Keel said.

The Department of Homeland Security has not issued any alerts after bin Laden's death. 

The State Department is urging any Americans traveling or living abroad to be alert for any potential anti-American violence.

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