It’s been a busy year at Nashville International Airport. The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority announced Nashville International Airport (BNA) served more than 12.2 million passengers in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016), setting a new all-time passenger record for the third consecutive fiscal year. It’s the first time in BNA history to break 12 million passengers.
June also set a new record as the busiest month in BNA history with 1,206,083 passengers, beating the record set in May 2016 that broke the previous 24-year-old record.
If you have traveled this summer, you may have noticed more travelers, full flights but have you noticed that the officers are now carrying semi-automatic rifles?
Post 4th of July, the Nashville International Airport officers began carrying semi-automatic weapons.
“We’ve always had the semi-automatic rifles, said Shannon Sumrell, Nashville International Airport spokesperson, but they were not put into daily use until recently.”
The airport authorities wants citizens to know there is no immediate threat to Nashville International Airport, however, “safety and security is their number one goal,” said Sumrell.
Nashville International Airport works closely with the TBI, FBI and Tennessee Fusion Center who gives them intelligence updates them on a daily basis.
“We are one out of twelve airports across the country that are now having officers carrying semi-automatic weapons throughout the property, this is not a short term implementation but this is our new normal,” said Sumrell.
Nashville International Airport is currently served by 12 airlines and offers 390 daily flights. BNA provides nonstop air service to more than 50 destinations.
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