WASHINGTON -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar will join Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and four other senators to push for higher airport security in light of the Brussels terrorist attacks last month.
Klobuchar, Johnson and Sens. Chuck Schumer, Bill Nelson, Joe Manchin and Martin Heinrich will announce new proposals to strengthen U.S. airport security that will be included in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization legislation. The Senate is expected to begin considerations on that measure this week.
The new programs will include active shooter training for law enforcement and increase the presence of federal agents with bomb-sniffing dogs in non-secure places like the baggage claim areas.
More than 30 people died in a string of suicide bombings in Brussels last month -- including at the airport.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is amid figuring out how to shorten wait times at the security checkpoints in light of more travelers. Both Sens. Klobuchar and Al Franken have pushed for more screeners at the airport ahead of the busy travel season, but federal officials have said their first priority is to make sure everyone gets through safely.