With reports of Libyan airliners falling into the hands of Islamic extremists, airports around the world are on high alert.

Mayor Jon Mitchell says New Bedford is no exception. Mitchell says while he has little information on the latest reports, he's confident Bridgewater State University's Flight Academy at the city's municipal airport is thoroughly screening any and all applicants to the program.

Mitchell says the hightened awareness is "par for the course" when such reports of possible terror activity are made.

Some reports speculate the planes will be used in a 9/11 anniversary attack.