04-02-2010, 07:56 PM
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New security measures for US air passengers
Quote:Janet Napolitano, the US Homeland Security Secretary, announced the revamped procedures after an inquiry into the failed Christmas Day plane bombing on board a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.
"These new measures utilise real-time, threat-based intelligence along with multiple, random layers of security, both seen and unseen, to more effectively mitigate evolving terrorist threats," she said.
Her department warned that "passengers travelling to the United States from international destinations may notice enhanced security and random screening measures throughout the passenger check-in and boarding process".
These would include "the use of explosives trace detection, advanced imaging technology, canine teams, or pat downs, among other security measures".
The new measures will replace the controversial broader-brush approach adopted after the arrest of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian with an American visa, after he tried to explode a bomb that sewn inside his underpants.
Then, enhanced screening of all travellers to the United States from 14 countries, risk countries, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria, was adopted, which some criticised as discriminatory.
Mr Abdulmutallab's partial identity was known to US intelligence agencies after his father warned the CIA's station chief in Abuja, Nigeria that his son had travelled to Yemen and might be in contact with al-Qaeda operatives.
The Obama administration hopes that the new approach would mean that the kind of fragmentary intelligence that was available about Mr Abdulmutallab would result in a would-be terrorist being apprehended.
Such information - a partial name, physical characteristics or nationality - will be provided by the US authorities to foreign governments as a guide to who should be screened.
The new system will apply to many more countries than the 14 previously identified but American officials said it would result in a "significant reduction" in the number of passengers inconvenienced.
America's current "no-fly" list is to remain in place under the new procedures but will be supplemented by cross-referenced information that may see passengers subject to further screening even if their names are not flagged.
In the case of Mr Abdulmutallab, US intelligence had received information from communication intercepts months before the Christmas Day attempt about a suspected plot involving a Nigerian. A partial name was also received.
But intelligence officials failed to match that information with the tip they received from Mr Abdulmutallab's father that his son may have joined a radical Islamist movement.
That failure meant that Mr Abdulmutallab's name was placed in a database of possible extremists but not on the no-fly list, which contains about 4,000 names, or on a terrorism watch list, which comprises fewer than 20,000 names.
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