3 July 2014, 03:32

US intensifies international airport security to prevent terrorist acts

US intensifies international airport security to prevent terrorist acts

US security officials are seeking to bolster security at airports abroad with flights to the United States amid new worries about potential bomb plots, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday, reports DPA. The move came amid an ongoing assessment of the global threat environment but did not point to a specific threat, he said.

US media cited government sources as saying the heightened security came amid concern that terrorist groups in Syria and Yemen were working to develop bombs that are more difficult to detect.

US officials were sharing information about the threat with other countries and the aviation industry, Johnson said.

He did not provide details about what additional security steps would be taken, but ABC News said international airport authorities and airlines would be directed to examine passengers' shoes and electronics more closely and use more explosives-detection machines.

"Aviation security includes a number of measures, both seen and unseen, informed by an evolving environment," Johnson said in a statement. "As always, we will continue to adjust security measures to promote aviation security without unnecessary disruptions to the traveling public."

 

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