"Our Visual Intermodal Protection and Response teams have been deployed on a nonpermanent and flexible basis to enhance security at high mass transit and airport locations, including the Fourth of July and Christmas," says Kayser.
These VIPR teams are composed of federal air marshals, surface transportation security inspectors, transportation security officers, behavior detection officers and explosives detection canine teams.
Whether providing extra support on congested holidays or lending their safety expertise, VIPR teams are stationed in cities throughout the United States, including New York, Buffalo and Syracuse, N.Y., Los Angeles, Boston and Providence, R.I., Cape May, N.J., and Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
A significant number of police officers, as well as VIPR members, were added to various larger airports after the July Fourth holiday, including Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, along with thorough inspections of cars waiting to pick up passengers.
"These teams are always there," says Kayser.