The United States will tighten security at overseas airports with nonstop flights to the country after reports al Qaeda is developing bombs that could be smuggled aboard passenger planes.
The new measures will be implemented at airports in Europe, Africa and the Middle East that have direct flights to the US, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing unnamed government sources.
The Department of Homeland Security said these will come into effect in the next few days but did not identify which airports or what countries will be affected.
Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson said the US is sharing recent and relevant information with foreign allies and are consulting the aviation industry.
A US official said some of the new measures involve additional inspections of passengers’ shoes and property and use of more bomb-detection equipment.
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