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UPDATE: Airport preparations underway for presidential visit

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Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies will have heightened security all over town during the president's visit. And it starts where President Barack Obama arrives, at the Chattanooga airport.

Airport officials say they hope there will be very little, if any impact on people flying in or out of the airport on Tuesday.

We're told the airport doesn't have any details on President Obama's arrival or departure at this time, but there are a number of local agencies plus presidential detail involved in securing the area.

Some of you may be hoping to catch a glimpse of the President and Air Force One, but right now the airport has no information on how or if you may be able to do that.

Of course the airport will still be open for flyers and everything should operate as scheduled.

"We have no reason to believe there will be any major interruption, but it would be a good idea for them to call the airline that day and make sure they're on schedule," said Albert Waterhouse, Chattanooga Airport Spokesperson.

Despite the work involved in hosting the President, airport officials said they're excited for the opportunity.

"Any time the president of the United States comes in to Chattanooga, it's a huge event. It's a huge honor for the airport to play a small part in hosting him. It's a huge honor for Chattanooga. It gives Chattanooga great national visibility. It's just a very exciting occasion," said Waterhouse.

The President's exact travel schedule will likely stay confidential for security purposes.

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