Security Preparations Underway for President Obama

August 21, 2013 Updated Aug 21, 2013 at 11:44 AM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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August 21, 2013 Updated Aug 21, 2013 at 11:44 AM EDT


Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Security plans are in place for President Obama's visit to Buffalo. Western New Yorkers may notice extra security between the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and University at Buffalo.

Roads will temporarily be closed as the President's motorcade passes through, traveling from the airport to UB.

There have been extra signs of security in recent days around UB's North Campus. Helicopters and extra police cruises have been surveying in the area in preparation of the President's arrival.

Security getting into Alumni Arena will be extremely tight, complete with metal detectors. Uniformed officers will be screening everyone who comes in and their belongings.

UB spokesperson John DellaContrada explains, "It's going to be sort of an airport security set-up, so don't bring large purses or bags, bring as little as possible."

University Police ask audience members not to bring large cameras either.

Those going to watch the President speak are urged to arrive at Alumni Arena early due to the tight security. Doors open at nine on Thursday morning.

Before the President heads to UB, some flights could be impacted at BNIA. A no fly zone will be established to protect President Obama.

"10-15 minutes prior to Air Force One landing, all operations are frozen at the airport, both on the runway and on the tarmacs, all on the air side," explains Doug Hartmeyer, a spokesperson for the NFTA.

Once the President leaves the airport, flights will resume.

There may be some extra security inside the airport. However, Hartmeyer says that customers and travelers should not notice a difference.