April 5, 2010
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is implementing enhanced security measures for all air carriers with international flights to the United States, superceding emergency security measures established in the wake of a Dec. 25, 2009, airliner bombing attempt.
The Department of Homeland Security has stated that U.S.-bound passengers “may notice enhanced security and random screening measures throughout the passenger check-in and boarding process, including the use of explosives trace detection, advanced imaging technology, canine teams or pat-downs, among other security measures.”
The TSA has suspended heightened screening methods, including baggage checks and mandatory secondary screenings for passengers traveling through or from Afghanistan, Algeria, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Rather than target specific countries of concern, the Department of Homeland Security said the enhanced security measures are “tailored to intelligence about potential threats and are focused on all passengers from all countries.”
For more information, please visit the TSA website.