Increased Airport Security for Passengers Traveling to US
Air passengers traveling to the US from other countries must now have their electronic devices – including laptops and cell phones – pass an additional layer of inspection before their board a plane. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), last week Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of Homeland Security, ordered the TSA to implement enhanced security measures and overseas airports with direct flights to the US.
According to Fox News, the new security strategy aims to protect against the threat of a new type of terror attack. Johnson announced that new intelligence suggests Al Qaeda efforts to produce a bomb that would go undetected through airport security. Experts believe such a device could be planted in a laptop or cell phone. Those whose devices won’t power up may not be allowed on planes and the owners of the devices may have to undergo extra screening before boarding. So far, only certain airports are conducting the additional inspections.
According to Fox News:
“The beefed up security is almost certainly a response to recent intelligence reports suggesting that Al Qaeda-linked terrorists in Syria are working with members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to blow up a commercial aircraft headed to the U.S. or Europe, as reported first by ABC News.”
Are these security measures justified? Or are they overkill? Let us know your thoughts.
Posted by Jamie Friedlander on Jul 07, 2014