Last updated: 04:47 PM ET, Wed June 29 2016

Airports Across US Stepping Up Security After Attack in Istanbul

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 29, 2016

Airports Across US Stepping Up Security After Attack in Istanbul

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After Tuesday’s attack at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, officials in the United States are increasing security at American airports due to concerns about possible terror plots during the Independence Day and Ramadan holidays.

The increased security is also being put into place to make sure travelers feel confident and safe when entering American airports.

According to, ISIS has called for more attacks on Western targets during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, partly due to the fact that the terror group has been facing serious setbacks on battlefields in Syria and Iraq.

To combat the possibility of terror attacks on American soil, the Transportation Security Administration is adding security at major airports in the U.S., including John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The TSA will be deploying more Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams to conduct random security sweeps and searches. Unfortunately, sources tell that the TSA doesn’t have enough personnel to completely protect every facility.

Security is also being increased at Los Angeles International Airport, where more visible security will be in place for the Fourth of July. The concern now is for common areas like terminals and departure and arrival areas which are much more of a challenge to protect, as seen in both the Istanbul and Brussels airport attacks.

Authorities are reportedly stepping up the tracking of suspicious individuals all over the country ahead of the holiday weekend in order to ensure a safe Independence Day holiday weekend and beyond.


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