While police and other agencies protect the ground in and around New York City in advance of Sunday's Super Bowl, law enforcement officials also will be protecting the region from the air.
Law enforcement has set up a massive security system on land in preparation for the game, with the NYPD, FBI and Homeland Security, among others, ready to stop any threat. It's nearly impossible to even drive in and around MetLife Stadium in New Jersey unless you have a pass.
But overhead, it's a different story. That's where Homeland Security comes in with three UH-60 Black Hawks and other aircraft to patrol the skies.
The Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine will be enforcing temporary flight restrictions over MetLife Stadium, starting just before kickoff on Sunday. Three Black Hawk helicopters, three Citation jets and two A-Star helicopters will be patrolling the skies to intercept any planes that violate the Super Bowl's airspace.
In other words, if any unauthorized aircraft tries to fly near MetLife, the Black Hawks will track and call in fighter jets to defend the space.
Aircraft will also send real-time video from above to law enforcement command centers on the ground. The video will help those on the ground with critical information, according to a Customs and Border Protection spokesperson.