Airports in major U.S. cities were put on high alert in the wake of explosions in Brussels Tuesday. Law enforcement officials were out in force, although officials said there was no specific threat to the country.
President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential election candidate Hillary Clinton vowed to do more to face the militant threat, while GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump called for tighter border security and suggested U.S. intelligence services could use torture to deter future attacks.
Mr. Obama, currently in a historic visit to Cuba said the U.S. “will do whatever is necessary to support” Belgium.
“This is yet another reminder that the world must unite. We must be together regardless of nationality or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism,” he said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state law enforcement officials to “step up security at high-profile locations around the state, including our airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems.”
“Public safety is paramount, and I want the people of this state to know that we are working with all local and federal partners, remaining vigilant and taking all necessary measures to keep New Yorkers safe,” he said in a statement.
American Airlines Group Inc, Delta Air Lines Inc and United Continental Holdings Inc reported that they’d canceled or rerouted flights as a result of the Brussels attacks.
A huge number of uniformed police officers, some in tactical gear, and National Guard members with long weapons and fatigues, were on patrol at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Airports in cities across the country – including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, and Philadelphia – stepped up security in the wake of the attacks.
In Washington, police across the Metropolitan Transportation Authority metro system are expected to increase K9 sweeps and police patrols.
Plans are under way to mount a major show of police force at Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport, in the Washington area, which will include SWAT, bomb sniffing K9’s.
Police are pulling random passengers for luggage checks at the Union Station in Washington.
A statement from Amtrak said it is working with state, local and federal officials and “extra officers have been deployed.”