CPD increases security at airports after Brussels attacks

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Additional police were deployed Tuesday to keep a watchful eye at Chicago’s airports and other transportation hubs in the wake of terrorist bombings that killed at least 34 people and injured more than 190 at a Brussels airport and subway station.

“There is no current intelligence, threat or nexus to Chicago concerning the Brussels incident,” according to a statement from police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

“However, we prepare and have deployments in place to safeguard critical infrastructure. Due to the incident in Brussels this morning, we have increased our security posture (uniform and non-uniform) at the airports, public transportation systems and other high profile locations,” Guglielmi said.

Guglielmi added the Chicago Police Department remains in continuous contact with federal and state authorities.

Explosions rocked the Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek metro in Brussels Monday morning, according to the U.S. State Department.

“While there are no known threats to the City of Chicago, we will remain vigilant to ensure the safety and security of all of our residents,” Mayor Emanuel said in a statement.

“Chicago will continue standing with the Belgian people both today and in the difficult days ahead as they move forward in their healing process,” Emanuel said.

Everyone is reminded to be aware of their surroundings and call 911 to report any suspicious activity, Emanuel added.

The CTA and Metra reported stepped up the police presence Tuesday but also called on customers to keep their antennas up.

At Metra, spokesman Michael Gillis said: “We have stepped up our police presence at our stations and have put extra resources in the field today. We are also reminding our security personnel, other employees and our passengers to be extra vigilant and observant about any suspicious activity and unattended items. If you see something, say something, to police or Metra personnel or call 911 or Metra police at 312-322-2800. We have strong partnerships with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and we all work together to provide security and gather and share intelligence. The safety and security of our customers is our primary goal.”

The Chicago Department of Aviation issued a statement stressing that safety is their highest priority. “At this time, the Department of Homeland Security National Operations Center is monitoring this event and updating all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies,” the statement said.

“The CDA is working with the Chicago Police Department and its local and federal law enforcement partners to monitor intelligence about security issues.”

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