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Security tightening for congress members as they travel

Jan 11, 2021, 10:02 AM
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Earlier: People shelter in the House gallery as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Police now say the Capitol complex is secure. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON– Security is tightening for members of Congress while they travel. Authorities say they will increase security for congressional flights to and from Washington DC.

The groups include Capitol Police, US Marshals, and Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority, according to a memo obtained by NBC News, Politico, and other news agencies.

This comes after what reportedly happened to some lawmakers, including Utah Senator Mitt Romney.

Last week, a video showed a TikTok user approaching Senator Romney at the Salt Lake airport. Another video showed people calling Romney a traitor on his flight to DC.

South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham was also heckled, along with California Representative Lou Correa. Graham has his own security detail as a chairman and high-profile senator. Romney was traveling alone.

The memo advises congressional members and their staff to remain vigilant while traveling. They should also report any usual activity or anything suspicious.

Members are encouraged to submit their flight itinerary directly to security officials to make sure they get adequate protection.

There will be more security at the DC area airports through the January 20th presidential inauguration.

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