New TSA Screening Rules For Certain Countries
Politico reports the TSA announced new security rules for passengers coming to the U.S., and heightened security for those coming from or through certain countries.
All travelers flying into the U.S. from foreign countries will receive tightened random screening, and 100 percent of passengers from 14 terrorism-prone countries will be patted down and have their carry-ons searched, the Obama administration was notifying airlines on Sunday.
The TSA announcement is here.
SA is mandating that every individual flying into the U.S. from anywhere in the world traveling from or through nations that are state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest will be required to go through enhanced screening. The directive also increases the use of enhanced screening technologies and mandates threat-based and random screening for passengers on U.S. bound international flights."
More from Politico:
All passengers from countries on the State Department’s “State Sponsors of Terrorism” list – plus all passengers from other "countries of interest" such as Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen — will receive “full body pat-down and physical inspection of property,” the official said.
The countries on the State Department list are Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria. Other countries covered by the TSA directive include Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia. A complete list was not released.
The extra screening for passengers from all countries may include "explosive detection technology or advanced imaging technology where it’s available,” the official said.
I bet the companies with contracts (list here)to sell screening equipment to the TSA are happy since they are bound to get more orders.
Update: As to why these heightened rules are a feel-good measure for Obama that will serve us poorly in the long run, check out Gregg at The Majlis.
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