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Local travelers react to death of Osama bin Laden

MADISON (WKOW) -- Almost immediately after the announcement U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden, concerns of revenge rang out.

John Beard went to the Dane County Regional Airport to see if flyers had any fears about retaliation Monday.

"I just read the headlines Osama bin Laden had been killed," Nancy Flemming said. "But I didn't even think about I should worry."

"The only thing we thought we might do is leave a little earlier in case there was an additional line at the security check-in," said Marcia McDermid.

It looked and felt like just another Monday morning at the Dane County Regional Airport. Many people apparently felt the same as University of Wisconsin professor and terrorism export, Jeremi Suri, regarding Al-Qaeda.

"They were not planning for bin Laden to die either," Suri told 27 News. "So, it's not like they have some big operation they can pull out of their back pocket last minute."

Some travelers are worried. One woman told us she is flying out of Madison this Friday and is scared to death.

Airport security director Timothy Butcher said, "We talked last night after this stuff happened, and we had more people on staff early on. But I don't think we really need to do more of a deterrence, from a presence point of view."

Butcher says they are doing more behind-the-scenes, to try and insure passenger safety.

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