Senator highlights effort to beef up airport security - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Senator highlights effort to beef up airport security

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal is looking to expand airport security at places like Bradley International Airport. (WFSB photo) Sen. Richard Blumenthal is looking to expand airport security at places like Bradley International Airport. (WFSB photo)

One of Connecticut's senators took a trip to Windsor Locks to highlight airport security weaknesses and solutions.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he's leading a push for an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Bill.

Blumenthal was at Bradley International Airport Monday to discuss his efforts.

"In the wake of the Brussels attack, a strong response is needed for safer, more secure airport and aviation facilities," said Blumenthal. "The attacks last month demonstrated the clear, convincing, immediate need to shore up security gaps here at home."

Thirty-two people were killed and 300 more were hurt by suicide bombers in three coordinated attacks at the Brussels Airport and a metro station in the city.

Blumenthal said his amendment would strengthen "soft" target locations like check-in and baggage claim areas.

The measures would update federal security programs to provide active shooter training for law enforcement and increase the presence of federal agents with bomb-sniffing dogs in those non-secure areas.

"Although providing security here and abroad is an ongoing and evolving process, this amendment makes critical advances," Blumenthal said. "Americans will be safer because of increased police presence at airports, enhanced training for law enforcement officials, and new resources to secure the 'soft areas' that terrorists too often target."

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