Travelers From 14 Terrorist Havens to Receive Tightened Screening

January 4, 2010

(ChattahBox)—In the wake of the attempted Christmas-day terror attack on an airline flying from Amsterdam to Detroit, the Transportation Security Administration announced new security measures for all international flights bound for the United States. Beginning on Midnight on Sunday, all travelers from the State Department’s “State Sponsors of Terrorism” list would be subject to heightened screening, including pat downs and searches of carry-on luggage. Additionally, travelers from other “countries of interest,” such as Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen will also be screened with “full body pat-down and physical inspection of property,” according to a senior administration official.

Going forward, all international passengers flying to the US will be looked at with increased scrutiny. Kristin Lee of the TSA, announced: “Today the Transportation Security Administration issued new security directives to all United States and international air carriers with inbound flights to the U.S. effective January 4, 2010. The new directive includes long-term, sustainable security measures developed in consultation with law enforcement officials and our domestic and international partners.”

The “enhanced security measures” apply to “all international flights to U.S. locations, including both U.S. and international carriers,” the official told Politico.

The upgraded screening measures will closely examine a traveler’s passport for evidence of travel to a suspect country. “This goes beyond simply looking at passports and now looks at itineraries from and through countries of interest,” the official said. “This is a significant step forward.”

Kristin Lee added that measures were developed in cooperation with our global partners:

“Because effective aviation security must begin beyond our borders, and as a result of extraordinary cooperation from our global aviation partners, TSA is mandating that every individual flying into the U.S. from anywhere in the world traveling from or through nations that are State sponsors of terrorism or countries of interest will be required to go through enhanced screening. The directive also increases the use of enhanced screening technologies and mandates threat-based and random screening for passengers on U.S. bound international flights.”

See Politico for more.


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