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Schumer aims to boost airport security

WASHINGTON – Aiming to prevent a Brussels-like terror attack at a U.S. airport, Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced Wednesday that he is proposing an amendment aimed at boosting airport security in more vulnerable non-secure areas.

During a conference call with reporters, Schumer said he would introduce an amendment that would fund law enforcement training for active shooter incidents, increase the use of bomb-sniffing dogs and otherwise enhance security of baggage claim zones, arrival areas and other less secure parts of U.S. airports.

“Brussels was a harrowing reminder of the threat of terrorism at airports, and it must also serve as a wake-up call,” said Schumer, D-N.Y. “We need to tighten up security in vulnerable areas at our airports, across the country and New York State, so that the tragedy that struck Brussels doesn’t land on our own doorstep.”

Schumer and other Democratic senators are planning to introduce the amendment to an upcoming bill reauthorizing funding for the Federal Aviation Administration.