Eyes in the Sky: Inside High-Flying Super Bowl Security Measures
Five thousand police officers will be on patrol for the big event.
Safety will be taken to new heights this weekend as U.S. Coast Guard helicopters will hover over Houston's NRG Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday.
They are just one component of the massive security operation in place for Sunday’s big game.
F-16’s from the nation’s military will be doing flyovers throughout the weekend. There will also be a no-fly zone 30 miles around the stadium.
Inside Edition was given access to the security command center where Super Bowl 51 is classified as a Tier 1 national security event.
"We have been planning for two for almost every imaginable scenario," Francisco Sanchez of the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management told Inside Edition. "Our challenge is if something happens to try and catch it early and deal with it quickly."
More than 5,000 police officers will be on patrol, cyber security teams will be in action and officers from K-9 units from around the country have been sworn in as special deputies.
One officer flew in from Guam on a 16-hour flight and traveled more than 7,000 miles to attend the event.
Fans and vehicles entering NRG Stadium’s parking lots will also be checked individually as they arrive.
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