Group that greets troops at airport adjusts to threat levels

January 14, 2020 GMT

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire organization that welcomes troops passing through Portsmouth International Airport has announced plans to change its operations because of elevated threats at airports.

The president of the Pease Greeters, Frank Lasorsa, wrote to members that because of “elevated threat levels” greeters activities will change to address potential threats, The Portsmouth Herald reported Monday.

“We all must recognize that the safety of the troops (and Greeters) is a priority of utmost importance,” Lasorsa wrote. “In response to elevated threat levels, multiple agencies have determined recently that increased security risks to the troops must be mitigated.”

Greeters will still greet troops but will no longer provide food, beverages and giveaways; and the only flight information made available to greeters will be through public websites.

“Once a Greeter determines there is troop flight scheduled for arrival, Greeters may still arrive at the airport to support our brave men and women,” Lasorsa wrote. “Sharing any determined flight information on social media is strongly discouraged.”

The Pease Greeters Care Package program will go on, however greeters will no longer bring any items to individually provide to troops.