Security at Quincy Regional Airport is strong

Quincy Regional Airport

Quincy Regional Airport only has a few runways and one airline, but that doesn't mean security isn't tight.

The airport's manager says it has no choice but to be.

"Unfortunately we live in a post 9/11 world and you can run into a situation where people would want to do intent to harm an aircraft or do something inappropriate and you have to a level of security to prevent that from happening, Jarred Hester, Quincy Regional Airport Manager, said.

A teenage boy from California rode all the way to Hawaii in the wheel well of a plane and the airport manager in Maui's says that ride does raise questions.

"No damage to any fence or perimeter entrance through the airport so that's part of our protocol," Marvin Munoiz, Maui District Airports Manager, said.

It's a similar set up to what you see in Quincy. There is a 10-foot tall fence that surrounds the 1,100 acres that make up the airport.

On the other side of that fence are quite a few neighbors. The airport reached out to those neighbors and asked them to be involved in their "see something, say something" policy.

The policy is self explanatory. It encourages neighbors to report anything they find suspicious so the airport can investigate.

"We've worked very hard to make sure that program is online, we are constantly auditing that program, looking at the programs we have in place to see if they need to be revamped," Hester said.

Hester goes on to say they are just trying to create a safe environment for all involved.

The teenaged stowaway is now in the custody of Children's Protective Services.