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Tampa, Florida- Passengers at Tampa International Airport are reacting to Thursday's 10 News investigation uncovering potential security threats aboard a Washington to Orlando flight last month.

A memo obtained by investigator Mike Deeson lists concerns over suspicious behavior on the US Airways flight the investigators suspect could be a "dry-run" for a 9/11 style attack.

-Original Story: 10 News Investigators find memo warning of terrorist "dry-runs" on airplanes  
-Update: Terrorist "dry-run" memo causes concern for terrorism experts

"I feel if someone is going to perpetrate... a terrorist attack... they're going to figure out a way to do it," said one passenger flying in from New York City late Thursday.

Across the board, passengers we talked to said they're determined not to allow the threat of terrorism affect their lives. That being said, most agree reports of what happened are troubling.

"It's always frightening because you never know what's going to happen anymore. It's not a safe place, anywhere."

"It certainly alerts me, and I'm probably going to do some research about this to see what else is going on," said another passenger who arrived from Los Angeles.

Among those most concerned were passengers arriving on a Jet Blue flight from LaGuardia. Many of them are New Yorkers who lived through 9/11 and don't ever want to experience that day's horrors again.

"I appreciate that they put [air] marshals on the planes but I feel the security measures... I always call it security theater- I don't necessarily consider myself any safer."

"It's scary and alarming, but you really have to stay on top of it and I hope they do."

"I'd certainly be concerned about it. I just hope the government is taking the necessary action to first track these people, find out who they are, and use whatever intelligence resources we have to stop the activity from taking place," said another passenger from New York. "You've got to trust the authorities and the procedures that are in place."

Beau Zimmer, 10 News

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