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San Jose Airport Wants To Beef Up Security

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San Jose's airport director is urging for a stronger security on a number of multiple fronts.

It's been more than two months after a teenager hid in the wheel well of a jumbo jet.

Owen Leipelt and Nick Heslar are buddies and amateur photographers who say they've been coming to San Jose Airport for several years to for photo shoots.

Their main focus is to capture pictures of planes and then post the images online.

They say things changed after the fence jumping stowaway incident where 15-year-old, Yahya Abdi, began his trip to Hawaii in the wheel well of a jumbo jet.

Since this incident, security has started to pay more attention to the two photographers.

"A lot of times they just stop and check on what we're doing. Before, they'd just drive by and make sure, But this time they're actually checking, talk to us and just see exactly what we're doing," Leipelt said.

After the Hawaiian incident, San Jose and other airports are spending more time looking at what's going on along the perimeter of the airport rather than solely worrying about what's going on inside the airport grounds.

The airport director made four preliminary suggestions that will build on increased security measures already taken.

San Jose Airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said, "There's many technologies out there, but those technologies are expensive and we are determining what will work for our airport specifically."

They are planning to work closely with the National Safe Skies Alliance, a federally-funded airport advocacy agency, which analyzes and recommends new security technologies.

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