from Western Journalism:
As America’s biggest holiday travel times of the year approach, so are new restrictions, regulations and screenings. The focus of the new steps will chiefly be commercial flights coming into the United States from the Middle East.
Last Saturday, a Russian airliner exploded in midair over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people aboard. One leading theory for the crash is that a bomb had been placed on board the aircraft.
Federal officials “have identified a series of interim, precautionary enhancements to aviation security with respect to commercial flights bound for the United States from certain foreign airports in the region,” Jeh C. Johnson, secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, said in a statement released Friday.
The actions “are designed to provide an additional layer of security for the traveling public, and will be undertaken in consultation with relevant foreign governments and relevant passenger and cargo airlines.”
Johnson said European nations are working with the United States to implement the new restrictions. He said the measures include expanded screening, airport assessments and additional measures “both seen and unseen.”
The impact of the changes taking effect and those being considered by the Transportation Security Authority will be far-reaching, said Rep. William Keating, D-Mass. Keating is a member of the House Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs committees.
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