PHOENIX, AZ (AP) - The City Council will consider a
plan Wednesday that would net police officers
$5.1million in overtime pay as part of an 18-month
deal to replace the Arizona National Guard soldiers at
Sky Harbor International Airport.
The federal government, which took over aviation
security operations, has agreed to reimburse Phoenix
for the expenses.
City police already help with some security at the
"This is happening at airports nationwide," said
Sky Harbor spokeswoman Suzanne Luber.
The Transportation Security Administration is
unable to substitute the soldiers with its own guards,
said agency spokeswoman Rebecca Trexler.
An undisclosed number of uniformed officers are
posted at Sky Harbor's security checkpoints and metal
detectors and they also patrol terminals.
The officers would begin working overtime when the
Arizona National Guard leaves the airport in two
Phoenix increased the number of officers at the
airport after the Sept. 11 attacks on the East Coast
despite the presence of National Guard soldiers