Airport Gets New Federal Security Director

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal secret service officer will serve as security director for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, a job created by Congress in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. Transportation Department said Tuesday.

Michael S. Young was in charge of the U.S. Secret Service's field office in Cleveland. At that post, he was responsible for securing major events attended by President Bush and other political dignitaries.

Young also served as the special agent in charge of the Charleston, W.Va., field office and in the presidential protective division, where he provided security for first lady Barbara Bush.

The security directors are a new category of law enforcement officers who are responsible for improving screening standards, assessing airports' security risks and implementing crisis-response plans.

Since March, 42 security directors have been installed at airports nationwide, including Port Columbus International Airport.

Eventually, the Transportation Department plans to place security advisers in all major airports.

The Cleveland Airport is a hub for Continental Airlines and the 33rd busiest airport in the country. Nearly 14 million passengers use the airport each year.

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