Law enforcement agencies are pulling out all the stops to insure effective security measures in N.Y. and N.J. as Super Bowl 2014 gets underway on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The FBI has already been involved in investigations surrounding several instances of suspicious powders mailed to at least five hotels near the stadium, according to Fox News.
A white powdery substance was also mailed to former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's business headquartered in NYC. Thus far, preliminary testing of all instances of white powders sent through the mail have been determined to be not dangerous.
A federal law enforcement official, who wasn't authorized to comment publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said powder from one envelope tested positive for baking soda. It's not clear where that letter was sent.
In the skies above Metlife Stadium, U.S. military helicopters will be enforcing a strict no-fly zone above and around MetLife Stadium. Any aircraft breaching that no-fly zone will be escorted by F-16s to a nearby landing field.
On the ground, bomb-sniffing dogs are patrolling area bus and train stations as well as the local airports. The dogs will be monitoring the thousands of spectators traveling to today's Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has employed an additional 200 screeners to monitor the increased volume of passengers going in and out of at Newark and LaGuardia airports, and will also be screening train travelers at New York Penn Station and New Jersey's Secaucus Junction.
Despite no specific terror threats against the game, officials say suicide attacks on a trolleybus and a train station in Russia that killed more than 30 people within weeks of the Winter Olympics have raised worries among authorities …"
Any and all of the fans boarding trains heading to East Rutherford will be passing through TSA security checkpoints.
At the stadium, NFL security policies are in effect limiting fans to being able to carry only “a small clutch bag or purse that's no bigger than 6.5 by 4.5 inches and a clear plastic bag that's about as big as a freezer storage bag.” Fans will also be passing through metal detectors as they enter the stadium.
As early as Friday, TSA agents were swabbing “women's' bags to in their efforts to check for explosives.”
Measures have been taken to protect power grids and to make sure there's plenty of backup energy in case of another blackout like the one last year at the game in New Orleans, said Jeffrey Miller, the NFL's head of security.
While the game is being played in N.J., there’s also tight security in effect in the official host city for the Super Bowl, NYC, specifically Times Square, where officials are securing and maintaining a 13-block street fair on Broadway - today known as "Super Bowl Boulevard."
Hundreds of additional plainclothes and uniform police are on duty today in NYC, plus additional bomb-sniffing K-9 units, portable radiation detectors, “and a vast network of surveillance cameras to detect trouble.”
TV coverage for today’s Super Bowl XLVIII game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos gets underway at 6:30 p.m. on Fox.
For more on the security measures for Super Bowl 2014, see the video accompanying this article.
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