Saturday, February 6, 2010

Super Bowl patrol

Posted By on Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 11:18 AM

The Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints and all those Super Bowl ticketholders in Miami on Sunday can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that fighter jets will be circling the Sun Life Stadium to make sure the only bombs are those thrown by quarterbacks.

It's one of many events protected by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, based at Peterson Air Force Base.

The command's Continental United States Region will handle the detail, enforcing the Federal Aviation Administration's temporary flight restriction zone during the game.

"Special events like this world-renowned sporting event take precise coordination with all mission partners, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, FAA and local law enforcement," Air Force Maj. Gen. Garry Dean, a NORAD commander, says in a press release.

In preparation for the Super Bowl, the FAA will impose a temporary flight restriction over the greater Miami area. Air Force fighters will be on patrol, and Customs and Border Protection also will fly during the event.

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