Graham has a security detail as chairman and senior senator, but many lawmakers, especially in the House of Representatives, don’t. Several lawmakers have privately raised concerns that they could face not just verbal confrontation but more dramatic threats in the coming days and weeks.
The increase in security at airports comes days after the Trump-backed siege of the Capitol that terrorized lawmakers and staff and exposed deadly security deficiencies at the complex.
The effort is the result of a partnership between the Sergeant-at-Arms, Capitol Police, Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority and the United States Air Marshal.
Members are encouraged to submit their flight route directly to security officers in order to ensure adequate protection.