TSA Increases Airline Security

Monday, January 04, 2010

There are new security measures for airline passengers today, according to The Associated Press.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that all passengers on flights heading into the U.S. from abroad will be subject to random screening. Passengers flying in from 14 countries--including Afghanistan, Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen--will face bag searches, body scans and full-body pat-downs.

Cuban, Iranian, Sudanese and Syrian citizens will also face enhanced screening as they are from countries deemed “state sponsors of terrorism,” according to Obama administration officials, The New York Times reports.

Over the weekend, New York Senator Charles Schumer called for the T.S.A. to beef up the number of security workers at foreign airports. He also asked that airlines help strengthen national security by threatening to stop flying to foreign airports that don't follow U.S. security procedures.

In a related story, Newark Liberty International Airport is returning to normal operations this morning after a security breach grounded flights for hours last night. Passengers had to be re-screened before boarding flights after a man walked through a checkpoint exit into the secure side of the terminal. Police are still looking for him.

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