Security activity reported at the Rutland Airport

NORTH CLARENDON-Unusual security measures were in place at the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport during the mid-morning hours of Sept. 26; it was not clear what was going on, but there appeared to be a larger presence of state police vehicles and personnel present than usual at the state's second largest airport.

The level of activity last Saturday suggested that it may have been more than just a law-enforcement exercise.

Vermont State Police troopers, with an accompanying bomb-squad van, were visible near the main terminal and outlying hangar area.

An anonymous neighbor residing near the airport told the Tribune that he had heard "a high-level government official" was arriving at the state airport. The Tribune could not confirm the comment.

Another neighbor, wishing to remain anonymous and residing near the airport, said she believed U.S. Secret Service personnel were involved. The Tribune could not confirm her comments.

Airport and law enforcement officials were unavailable for comment.

An unidentified private or commercial jet aircraft was seen on an airport taxiway just north of the main terminal. It is unknown if the jet was associated with increased security measures.

The Rutland airport is located in North Clarendon, five miles south of the city of Rutland.

The facility's longest runway is 5,000 feet in length.

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