Sen. Schumer to Feds: Review New York City airport security

FILE - In this May 16, 2016 file photo, a long line of travelers waiting for the TSA security check point at O'Hare International airport in Chicago. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has ousted its head of security operations and put new leadership in charge of screening operations at a major international airport, but long checkpoint lines and travel headaches already pervading the busy summer travel season are likely to continue. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has asked federal officials to review New York City area airports to ensure they don’t have “blind spots” terrorists could exploit.

The New York Democrat says Sunday that he has written to the Department of Homeland Security following an NBC News investigation that found certain key areas of LaGuardia International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport do not have full video surveillance.

Schumer says he worries that such video “blind spots” leave baggage pick-up and drop-off areas vulnerable to attack.

He says only a complete review of security at all airports around New York City will help identify other lapses. He says any other problems discovered in the reviews must immediately be fixed.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates area airports.
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