US tightens international flight security

Good. This is the kind of thing I’ve been wanting to see. Though at some point shouldn’t we add Saudi Arabia to the list of countries needing higher screening? I think the Saudis are already at the top of the list of most successful terrorist attacks against the US using a plane.

All travelers flying into the U.S. from foreign countries will receive tightened random screening, and 100 percent of passengers from seven terrorism-prone countries will be patted down and have their carry-ons searched, the Obama administration was notifying airlines on Sunday….

All passengers from countries on the State Department’s “State Sponsors of Terrorism” list – plus all passengers from Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen, will receive “full body pat-down and physical inspection of property,” the official said.

The countries on the State Department list are Cuban, Iran, Sudan and Syria….

The measures apply to all “passengers with passports from or itineraries through State Sponsors of Terrorism and ‘countries of interest.’”

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