Purdue Homeland Security Institute

TSA will use enhanced passenger screening

April 5, 2010

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced on Friday, April 2, 2010 enhanced passenger screening for everyone traveling to the United States from abroad. The new protocols replace the emergency screening after the 2009 Christmas day failed terrorist attempt to blow up Northwest Airlines flight 253 over Detroit by Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Instead of targeting travelers from 14 "countries of concern", all passengers who match specific criteria and updated intelligence characteristics, including travel patterns, will be subjected to a secondary security screening, making use of psychological questioning, physical pat-downs and body scans. Other security measures will be used, without divulging specific details.
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