Local Travelers React to Suspicious Items on Cargo Planes

October 30, 2010 Updated Oct 30, 2010 at 2:03 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

October 30, 2010 Updated Oct 30, 2010 at 2:03 PM EDT

Officials are investigating a number of suspicious packages found aboard multiple cargo planes in Philadelphia and New Jersey. U.S. officials believe that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, commonly referred to as AQAP, is behind the plot.
It was business as usual at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, with only a few flights delayed to Newark. Some travelers here in Western New York were concerned about the suspicious packages, but say the findings would not stop them from traveling in the future.

"It's scary but we can't live in fear like that," said Ulysses Duenas, who traveled in from New York City. "We will continue to fly anywhere we want."

Others agreed with Duenas, but wonder how these items can get onto cargo planes, especially when security has been heightened over the years.

"We go through so much security," said Monica Hanna. "The lines, waiting, taking off your shoes, and then at the end of the day it feels like all that effort was wasted."