Wed, Jan 06, 2010
Some Airports Admit They Have Not Tightened Security
Enforcement of a TSA mandate for more scrutiny of people
traveling to the U.S. from 14 countries it says are security risks
has been spotty at best, and that some say there has been little,
if any, security increase.
The Associated Press reports that an official in Lebanon, one of
the countries on the list, said "Everything it she same. There is
no extra security." He spoke on condition of anonymity because he
was not authorized to speak to the press.
Enhanced screening techniques are supposed to included full-body
pat-downs and hand inspection of luggage ... steps put into place
by the Obama administration following the unsuccessful attempt to
bring down a U.S. bound airliner on Christmas Day.
In Nigeria, one traveler said she was advised to arrive at the
airport seven hours before her scheduled flight. Nigerian officials
said every passenger would be patted down, and all luggage would be
hand-inspected. But there was no apparent change as places like
Lebanon, Syria, and Libya, and several European governments said
they planned to "study" the new rules before implementing new
U.S. officials said they had moved dozens of names onto their
terrorism watch list and no-fly list after reviewing the database
following the Christmas day incident. While tighter screening has
been called for at international airports, there has been no
similar changes asked for at domestic airports.
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