CHICAGO - Travelers at O'Hare and Midway Airports, as well as Union Station, are seeing extra security in the wake of the terror attacks in Brussels.
Travelers say it's nerve racking, and comforting to see more law enforcement. They are experiencing long, slow lines.
Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Police Department insist there are no threats against the city, but precautions are in place to be on the safe side.
The CPD released the following statement:
There is no current intelligence, threat or nexus to Chicago concerning the Brussels incident. However we prepare and have deployments in place to safeguard critical infrastructure. Due to the incidents this morning, we have increased our security posture (uniform and non-uniform) at the airports, public transportation systems and other high profile locations.
As a matter of regular procedure, we are also in continuous contact with our Federal and State partners as well. Although there is no nexus to Chicago and/or credible threat at this time we encourage everyone to be aware of their surroundings and call 911 to report any suspicious activity.
Around nearly every corner at Union Station, there is an armed Amtrak or Metra police officer.
Dogs are sniffing bags while passengers wait in line. It’s not something they see often before getting on Amtrak.
No one is checked before they get on a Metra train but there are random bomb checks of bags for Amtrak. The dogs aren’t here every day.