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Security beefed up at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

Travelers flying out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport may encounter increased security measures in the aftermath of the foiled terrorist attack on an inbound U.S. flight on Christmas.

The Transportation Security Administration says passengers might see increased K-9 patrols, more law enforcement and additional screenings taking place both at the gate and security checkpoint. There also are more federal air marshals behind the scenes.

Sky Harbor officials say the airport remains swamped with both holiday and bowl game traffic. Sky Harbor is accommodating about 100,000 passengers per day as holiday travel continues.

Tougher airline security measures were imposed Christmas Day after a man flying from Nigeria to Amsterdam, then to the U.S. on a Northwest Airlines flight tried to ignite an explosive as the plane prepared to land in Detroit.

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