MacDill Air Force Base tightens security policy, response to annual review & world events

TAMPA, Fla. - MacDill Air Force Base is tightening its security policy following an annual review and in response to world events.

Previously, only a driver's license was required for visitors with military sponsors to enter.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that anyone without an access pass must go into a visitor's center and obtain a pass.

Air Force 2nd Lt. Patrick Gargan, a spokesman for the 6th Air Mobility Wing, says the change was a response to an annual review and world events.

About 18,000 to 20,000 people pass through the gates at MacDill every day.

Base visitors said the process is relatively simple, but are concerned it's a knee-jerk reaction to events at other bases and could exacerbate congested traffic.

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