Napolitano: New checks for travelers to US

April 3, 2010 16:09


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Travelers from 14 countries that have been home to terrorists no longer automatically face extra screening before they fly to the United States.

Beginning this month, anyone traveling to this country will instead be screened based on specific information about potential terror threats, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday. Previously, authorities needed the name of a suspect to screen against passenger names.

Under the new rules, a person would be stopped and would undergo extra screening if he or she should match a description provided by intelligence officials.

Israel Radio added that the Department of Homeland Security plans to deploy a total of 450 full-body scanners in US airports this year.

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