Wednesday, January 28, 2015



Note: sleep well tonight, if you have a ticket.

Customs and Border Protection to enforce No Fly Zone
Posted: Jan 28, 2015 4:31 PM MST
Updated: Jan 28, 2015 4:31 PM MST
By John Hook, FOX 10 NewsCONNECT


GLENDALE, Ariz. - Protecting the Super Bowl is a big task, so how do authorities protect the big game from the air?

It's a menacing machine, a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. We climbed aboard to find out what the crew is looking for and how they will protect fans at the Super Bowl.

"We're able to provide a good security blanket of what is going on around the area," said an agent.

CBP has dedicated 100 people, 7 helicopters, and 3 fixed wing aircraft to the Super Bowl. They will work with local and federal authorities enforcing a 30 mile "No Fly Zone" around the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Aside from protecting the skies, the crew of four can be pressed into action in the case of emergency.

"We're here to enforce the flight restrictions, but we also have a lot of different agencies out here, federal and state so if any kind of emergency were to happen we would be able to assist and respond," said an agent.

If an aircraft gets within 10 miles of the Super Bowl, a team of F-16's over the valley are prepared to shoot down any aircraft they deem as an imminent threat.


CBP agents use x-ray machine to secure Super Bowl
Posted: Jan 28, 2015 3:15 PM MST
Updated: Jan 28, 2015 4:21 PM MST
By John Hook, FOX 10 NewsCONNECT

PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Think of the massive security headache going through every truck hauling stuff into Super Bowl 49.

FOX 10 found out the secret to speeding that up.
How do you secure Super Bowl 49 with hundreds and hundreds of huge semi-truck's rolling in and out. Customs and Border Protection is on the job.

"Anti-terrorism is something we deal with every single day and they will bring that expertise to the Super Bowl," said Gil Kerlikowske, CBP Commissioner.

A massive x-ray machine makes sure trucks are carrying food and goods and not bombs. The machine looks more like a section of a car wash.

CBP lines up the semi trucks from end to end, more than half a mile at a time. They then roll by while authorities peer inside.

FOX 10 asked the comissioner if the Paris attacks brought a heightened state of security. "I would say that," said Kerlikowske.

The technology used at the Super Bowl is the same used every day at the Ports of Entry along with the Arizona-Mexico border where agents look for illegal entrants and drugs. The technolgy can determine if something dangerous is on board.

"People in the United States are very concerned, we want them to have a level of trust and confidence that you've got a lot of people out here that are working hard to make sure this event goes off without a hitch," he said.

Some of the trucks are asked to unload all of their cargo before being cleared to go in. And you might wonder why not roll trucks through a stationary x-ray machine? Officials say the radiation is too powerful and dangerous for the driver, so they park the trucks end to end, get the drivers out, and roll the x-ray machine over them.


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