U.S. Wants ‘Enhanced’ Security At Foreign Airports
Officials said on Wednesday, the U.S. is asking for “enhanced security measures” at airports overseas due to terrorism concerns. Without naming any specific threat, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement that he has “directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures in the coming days at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.” Government sources told NBC News this has nothing to do with the July 4th holiday, but rather intelligence that extremists fighting in Syria and Iraq are teaming with a notorious al Qaeda bombmaker working on explosives that would evade detection. That extra security — mostly in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, not in America — means passengers are likely to see more random pat-downs, more screening of carry-on bags, more swabbing for explosive residue and extra scrutiny of electronics.
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