KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Transportation Safety Administration is deploying additional security to major airports in the United States, and at various rail and transit stations around the country after Tuesday's bombings in Brussels. TSA also announced it is working with law enforcement, including airport police, to beef up security.
Tuesday, Kansas City International Airport's Chief of Police, Steve Newman, said passengers had nothing to worry about.
“They don’t have anything to worry about, they have procedures in place that are both visible and non-visible to travelling public, let them know that security is our top priority," he said.
As passengers waited on luggage, or rides to pick them up outside the airport, police dogs were spotted sniffing around. Newman said the K-9 officers were training. But they are part of a police force that reaches far beyond the TSA screening you see with metal detectors and body imaging.
“We patrol heavily on the apron by the terminal buildings, the terminals themselves as well as the streets by the terminals,” Chief Newman said.
“I really don’t mind seeing the police officers around with their dogs, it makes everybody feel better I think,” passenger Charis Sheraton said.
The airport remained on its prior security status of "heightened and elevated" according to the chief. And even if you don’t see police, chances are they see you on numerous surveillance cameras, like the ones that captured the suspected bombers and an accomplice in Brussels.
Homeland Security reminded the public in a statement, “If you see something say something.”
Passengers who spot something at KCI are urged to pick up a white courtesy phone, call 911, or find an airport employee.
Passenger Keith Allen, returning from a trip to New Orleans, told FOX 4 that’s something always at the front of his mind.
“You got to keep your eyes focused watching what’s going on, people around you, things they are carrying, anything unusual, since 9/11 I’ve been very cautious when I fly,” Allen said.
Travel at the airport was largely unaffected. No passengers reported longer security screening lines.