Connecticut senator to highlight airport security weaknesses

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH)– Monday, one U.S. Senator from Connecticut will highlight the weaknesses in airport security and the potential fixes.

In a statement to News 8, Senator Blumenthal says in part: “In the wake of the Brussels attack, a strong response is needed for safer, more secure airport and aviation facilities.”

The amendment to the federal aviation administration re-authorization bill calls for federal security programs to provide active shooter training for law enforcement and increases the presence of federal agents with bomb-sniffing canines at non secure areas.

On any given day right now you can usually see one or two canines at the airport, usually walking around the security screening area. Blumenthal hopes that these K-9 teams will also be outside the airport doors as well as more in the initial ticketing areas.

After 9/11 there were also security checks as you drove into the airport parking areas and departure lanes. The exact nature of the amendment will be announced later Monday. Blumenthal is making this announcement at 11:30 a.m. at the airport. The senate is expected to consider the bill this week.

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