In the wake of today’s deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels, officials from Los Angeles, New York City and Washington D.C. have announced they are dramatically increasing security at airports and transit stations.
“We are in a high state of vigilance and readiness,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Other transit locations have been put on high alert in New York City, including the Port Authority and the three major New York City airports. High-visibility, anti-terrorist patrols have been placed all the way through the World Trade Center site and the train system that has access to New Jersey.
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“At this time, there is no known indication that the attack has any nexus to New York City,” said an NYPD spokesman. “We will continue to follow the situation in Belgium closely with the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI and adjust the department’s deployments accordingly.”
At Los Angeles International Airport, police spokesperson Alicia Hernandez told reporters, “We take attacks on aviation very seriously and make constant adjustments to our deployment strategies.”
Another source told Fox News that the presence of law enforcement is being increased in Washington D.C. in heavily populated areas, the metro system, and on the streets. The Metro Police tweeted out reassurance that while there is no known threat as of yet, extra precautions will be taken. Security at local and urban airports will be increased regardless of airport size making bomb sniffing dogs and extra screenings more likely.
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“As we continue to monitor intelligence reports and work with our federal partners to authenticate and determine the credibility of this threat, we ask residents to also stay alert of their surroundings,” said DC Metro Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier.
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