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US requests extra security at international airports


Published on Apr 5, 2010

The US government is requiring airlines at international airports to add a new layer of security on direct flights to the US, Bloomberg has reported. The new procedures, announced by the US epartment of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration, include additional screening measures for explosives, such as detection of chemicals, advanced imaging and bomb-sniffing dogs. In addition, both US and international airlines now will have access to US intelligence data. Airlines, acting with host governments and airport personnel, will match that data against names on airline tickets, passports or other security checks. If results raise suspicion, passengers may be required to go through secondary screening, including questioning and/or a body search.

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