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U.S. tightens international air security – POLITICO.com
Posted By Jacob Laksin On January 4, 2010 @ 11:55 am In Political News | No Comments
All travelers flying into the U.S. from foreign countries will receive tightened random screening, and 100 percent of passengers from 14 terrorism-prone countries will be patted down and have their carry-ons searched, the Obama administration notified airlines on Sunday.The more stringent Transportation Security Administration rules, to take effect at midnight, follow the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. airliner headed into Detroit from Amsterdam.“These are changes that weren’t widely in place for all carriers or countries on 12/24,” a senior administration official told POLITICO. “These are sustainable measures that are a significant enhancement of our security posture. TSA will continuously review these measures with our global aviation partners to ensure the highest levels of security.”All passengers from countries on the State Department’s “State Sponsors of Terrorism” list — plus all passengers from other “countries of interest” such as Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen — will receive “full body pat-down and physical inspection of property,” the official said.The countries on the State Department list are Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria. Other countries covered by the TSA directive are Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Somalia.
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