New Security Requirements in Wake of Latest Airline Bombing Attempt

New Security Requirements in Wake of Latest Airline Bombing Attempt

December 28, 2009

Passengers flying to and from the United States can expect to encounter tightened security measures after a Nigerian man attempted to detonate an explosive on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

While the Transportation Security Administration has been deliberately cagey about the specifics of the new requirements, many airlines announced new procedures including limiting passengers to one carryon item, or requiring passengers to spend the last hour of the flight in their seats with nothing on their laps.  Other security measures include a possible second screening of all passengers at the departure gate itself (in addition to the usual security checkpoints), and hand-searches of all carryon luggage.

One thing is clear – passengers should plan on arriving at the airport in plenty of time for their flights.

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