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Transportation Safety Administration screener Mary Martinez uses a handheld metal detector to search Craig resident Connie Lyster before she boarded a plane Thursday morning at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden.

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Security strains police

Heightened measures at airport spread Hayden's forces thin

Being prevented from taking a drink on a plane is a minor inconvenience to many air travelers, but the heightened air security measures are causing a serious strain on a local police department. Since Aug. 10, the day after British authorities foiled a terrorist plot involving planes headed for the U.S., heightened security has required an armed law enforcement officer be present when passengers are being screened at YVRA.

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