But when he got inside, he was told the hangar bay where he worked was closed for security reasons.
The line service person who told him didn't know why.
"Maybe somebody important is coming in," Welch said he first speculated. Pilots of general aviation aircraft from around the country patronize Yingling, located at
It wasn't until later that he learned that a
After he arrived at work, Welch could see through security cameras that the street had been blocked off and unmarked and
In the meantime, he began cleaning another hangar that had remained open.
"We went on over to our work area," Welch said.
Through the north window of his hangar, he saw a van at the secure gate and agents taking photographs and otherwise processing the scene. He did not see Loewen.
The gate where the alleged terror plot unraveled is between
If he had known the suspect could have had explosives, Welch said, he would have left the building. Instead, Loewen was transporting inert explosives and posed no threat, authorities said hours after his
"You think about the
That said, Welch believes security is good at the airport.
"We get checked a whole lot," he said. "I just thank God that nothing happened, and they caught him and we go on and live on."
Employees are careful about security at Bevan-Rabell, which provides maintenance and avionics service for general aviation aircraft, a worker at the company said Saturday.
"We don't let anybody out through the building (to the ramp) unless we have them on our" radar screen, said the avionics technician, who asked not to be identified.
Employees comply with regulations and wear their badges where they can be seen when they go out to the ramp, he said.
He said he was surprised to learn of Friday's incident.
"It's nice to know that the systems were in place," he said. "That's reassuring."
In the meantime,
"It's unbelievable that something like that could happen," Rosel said.
His main concern was whether her flight would be affected.
Rosel said he expected security to be tighter, as it was immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
From his training, "I'm always on heightened senses when I go anywhere," Collins said. "I always scan the room and get a feel for who's in the area."
He lives in
"It's sad that we live in a world like that," Collins said.
People aren't going to stop going to movies or quit flying because of the fear of attacks, he said.
If you let things like that dictate your life, Collins said, "You'll live in a hole."
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