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 May 15, 2005
Federal authorities prohibit using airfield for overflow parking
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WARWICK, R.I. Federal authorities have barred TF Green Airport from using an overflow parking solution some experts said was a security risk.

The state Airport Corporation will no longer open up a security gate to the airfield and use the grassy space for overflow parking.

The airport has done that when lots were full. But it left cars separated from the runway by nothing more than a line of orange cones.

Joseph Salter is a federal Transportation Security Administration official stationed at TF Green. He says he ordered that practice be stopped.

The corporation could ask to use the airfield as overflow parking again if it fenced in or otherwise secured the area.

But Salter tells The Providence Journal that to do that the corporation would have to make a formal request to amend the airport security plan.

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