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PORT AUTHORITY STEPS UP AIRPORT SECURITY IN WAKE OF SHOOTING AT FORT LAUDERDALE AIRPORT

Date: Jan 06, 2017
Press Release Number: 5-2017

Port Authority Police are stepping up patrols and deployment of officers with heavy tactical weapons at agency airports, including John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia, in the wake of today’s deadly airport shooting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The agency's heightened response includes measures taken over the recent holidays, such as:

  • Emergency Service Unit strike teams equipped with tactical weapons will conduct anti-terrorism patrols.
  • PAPD counterterrorism measures also include the presence of armored vehicles and K-9 explosives detection teams.
  • New York State Police have increased their presence at Kennedy and LaGuardia airports.
  • Increased random bag and checks at the air trains at Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports.

As always, the PAPD will be working with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the New York City Police Department, as well as other law-enforcement agencies in New York and New Jersey, to help ensure safe travels.

Contact:
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
212-435-7777

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.


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