New TSA Air Travel Security Measures

January 3, 2010 on 11:33 pm | In, air travel, air travel security, things travelers need to know, travel warnings | 1 Comment

On January 3, 2010 the TSA announced that it had issued new security directives to all United States and International air carriers with inbound flights to the United States, effective January 4, 2010.

The TSA statement continued “The new directive includes long-term, sustainable security measures developed in consultation with law enforcement officials and our domestic and international partners.
Because effective aviation security must begin beyond our borders, and as a result of extraordinary cooperation from our global aviation partners, TSA is mandating that every individual flying into the U.S. from anywhere in the world traveling from or through nations that are state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest will be required to go through enhanced screening. The directive also increases the use of enhanced screening technologies and mandates threat-based and random screening for passengers on U.S. bound international flights.”

Although the TSA announcement did not specify particular actions, we understand that passengers arriving from Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Lebanon, Iraq and Cuba will require pat-down body searches and have carry-on baggage hand-searched.

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