Federal Officials Weigh Security Directives for Airports

Increased security screenings of overseas passengers are aimed at preventing future terror attacks.
1:32 | 07/02/14

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And now to breaking news this morning. Sweeping new changes to keep us safe in the sky. The government proposing new rules to expand security screenings of passengers designed to prevent a terror attack. Pierre Thomas has the story. Reporter: ABC news has learned the department of homeland security has developed a series of urgent directives requiring other countries to expand screening before airliners can fly to the united States. Increased random screenings, more intense scrutiny of electronics, and explosive detection screens, and adding to the list of clothing that may need to be removed. Why the concern? Radicals in war-torn Syria are trying to develop non-metallic explosives to be smuggled on to commercial planes. The fear is that some in Syria are from al-qaeda's Yemen branch, the innovative group responsible for the underwear bomb of Christmas, 2009. Many have arrived from Europe and some from the U.S. Radicals carrying passports from western countries, allowing easy access to the homeland. No final decision, but sources say homeland security is planning to move forward with some of these measures in the next two weeks. Amy, David. Important information as the summer travel season heats up.

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