August 17, 2008

La Crosse Airport Adds Layer of Security

By The Associated Press

LA CROSSE, Wis. - The La Crosse Municipal Airport is adding another layer of security.

The airport has implemented one of Homeland Security's latest programs, called Visual Intermodal Prevention and Response teams, or VIPR.

The goal of the program is to increase the visual presence of law enforcement in order to deter those who might be thinking of plotting an attack.

Transportation Security Administration's David McMahon said the VIPR teams bring together federal air marshals and local law enforcement to show an increased level of security.

The extra security also includes occasional checks of vehicles entering airport property. McMahon said they'll check the inside of the vehicle for possible explosives.

The VIPR teams have already worked at other airports in Wisconsin, including Madison and Milwaukee.

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