How the Brussels Attacks are Impacting U.S. Airports

People react outside Brussels airport after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Explosions at the airport and at a subway station killed at least 31 people and injured more than 100. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Though miles away, the terror attacks in Brussels are on the minds of many American travelers.

Although just temporarily, many major U.S. airports increased their patrols. Locally, the Mobile Airport Authority released a statement that says, ” in regards to today’s terror attacks in Europe our whole staff will be extra diligent in their duties while providing the safest environment possible to the users of the airport.”

As far as any permanent security changes, the call is made by the Department of Homeland Security and  Transportation Security Administration, and they are the same across the board. In other words, the protocols used at the Mobile airport are the same as those in New York, just on a smaller scale.

An airport spokesperson said the streamlined system went into effect after the 9/11 terror attacks because terrorists used smaller airports with less security to infiltrate the system and execute their plan.

According to officials with the Department of Homeland Security, there are no credible plots of similar attacks here in the United States, but they remain focused on the threat posed by lone  radical terrorists who may not be directly connected to any foreign organizations but pose a threat due to their unpredictability.



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