Air show puts premium on security


DAYTON (WDTN) – People going to this year’s Vectren Dayton Air Show will see more than planes and exhibits.

There will be plenty of security on hand as well.

Organizers are putting a major focus on security, especially in the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre.

Multiple agencies are teaming up to provide security for this year’s air show, including the FBI, U.S. Customs, TSA, Homeland Security, Air Marshals, Dayton Police, Airport Police and two different private security firms.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is working with Ohio Homeland Security to provide a “skybox” which gives law enforcement an elevated view to easily locate issues that may occur at the air show.

“We’re concerned about safety,” said Roger Doctor, the Public Safety Director for the air show. “We’re concerned about that person who decides he needs to make a statement.”

“We are doing everything in our power to be able to keep that away from here.”

Gates open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, with the show set to begin at noon.

At least 60,000 people are expected to attend this year’s air show.

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