Security boosted at Logan


BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts State Police stepped up security at Boston’s Logan International Airport on Saturday after a flaming SUV rammed into Scotland’s Glasgow airport in a suspected terror attack, officials said.

State Troopers have stepped up their presence at Logan – the largest airport in the six-state New England region – and are conducting random searches of SUVs and trucks at the facility, Massachusetts Port Authority spokeswoman Danny Levy said.

The troopers are maintaining a highly visible presence at the curbside, discouraging people from idling. Canine units are sweeping the terminal and officers on patrol are paying close attention to unattended baggage, Levy said.

Additional security measures that are not visible to the public are also being undertaken, said Lt. Eric Anderson, a State Police spokesman.

A burning vehicle crashed into Scotland’s largest airport Saturday. Two suspects were detained and the incident was being treated as a potential terror attack linked to two car bombs found in London, police said Saturday.

Department of Homeland Secretary Michael Chertoff said he has seen no specific, credible information suggesting that the attack in Scotland is connected to a threat to the homeland.

“We have no plans at this time to change the national threat level, although we remind everyone that the aviation threat level has been raised to orange since last fall,” he said in a statement. “We encourage the public to go about their business and recreational plans as usual, but remain vigilant to the events happening in your environment and report any suspicious activities to authorities.”