July Fourth travelers face tougher US security after Turkey attack

By REUTERS
June 29, 2016 20:21

 
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NEW YORK - Millions of US travelers flying during the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend will face heightened security due to the deadly attacks at Istanbul's main airport, officials said on Wednesday, adding to potential delays.

Airport officials were hesitant to reveal specific safety measures taken following Tuesday's attacks by suspected Islamic State militants, which killed 41 people and wounded 239 at Europe's third-busiest airport, but increased vigilance appeared to have resulted in at least one airport disruption.

A terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York was briefly evacuated on Wednesday morning while police, including a bomb squad, investigated a report of a suspicious package.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees operations at the three major airports in the New York City area, said in a statement that police had added "high visibility patrols with tactical weapons and equipment."

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