If you’re flying this weekend — or even just watching footballs fly at Arrowhead Stadium — expect to see ramped-up security for the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
At Kansas City International Airport, travelers may notice more officers with dogs, and random searches of vehicles began Thursday.
“People may notice signs that say, ‘All vehicles subject to search,’ ” said Joe McBride, KCI spokesman. Vehicles will be pulled over while authorities use mirrors and other devices to check for explosives.
“It is pretty expeditious,” McBride said, usually taking only a few minutes. On Thursday, 60 vehicles were inspected. The checkpoints move from location to location.
People who don’t want their vehicle inspected can park in economy parking and take a bus to the terminal complex.
“Basically, if for some reason you don’t want your vehicle inspected, you will not be allowed to bring your vehicle close to the terminals,” McBride said.
The additional security measures are expected to be phased out after Sunday.
“We suggest people allow a little extra time, like five to 10 minutes,” McBride said. “There is a very good chance you might not encounter any of these measures. But if you do, that would allow the extra time so you don’t miss your flight.”
Amtrak also has said it will enhance security measures, with more passenger and baggage screenings as well as increased use of explosive-detecting dogs.
The passenger rail service also plans to expand police patrols at stations, on trains and along tracks, and at other key points.
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