Security is on high alert at the Miami International airport, says officials, following yesterday’s terrorist attacks at Brussels airport and metro in Belgium.
Increase security measures include more patrols and random inspections at entrances. Officials however assure travelers that there is no direct threat to the Miami International airport.
More than 30 people are believed to have been killed and dozens injured in attacks yesterday at Brussels international airport and a city metro station.Twin blasts hit Zaventem airport early in the morning, with 11 people reported killed.
Another explosion struck Maelbeek metro station near EU headquarters an hour later, leaving about 20 people dead.
Brussels police have issued a wanted notice for a man seen pushing a luggage trolley through the airport.He was pictured in CCTV footage with two other suspects who are believed to have died in the blasts.
The Islamic State (ISIS) group said it was behind the attacks in a statement issued on the IS-linked Amaq agency.
The Miami-Dade Police Department and its K-9 Unit were sent to search the airport of any suspicious activity, Tuesday morning.
Airport officials urge all employees to remain vigilant and aware of all activity to ensure the safety of all persons on the premises.
Security at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was also heightened. “The events in Brussels today kind of raised our interest a bit,” said Broward Sheriff’s Office Capt. Roy Liddicott. “We’ve added a little more security, a little more that you’ll see and a lot more that you won’t see.”
Many passengers were happy to see the increased security. “I woke up this morning thinking that I put my mom on that flight because I bought her ticket, and if she had gone, it was pretty much my fault so you know, never again,” said concerned daughter Roxane Mignot. “Something needs to be done, these are innocent people.”