Airports Ramp Up Random Checks

Heightened concern of possible terrorism in the aviation system has led to stricter security measures, including random checks for explosives at American airports.

In an article on the New York Times website, Eric Lipton says explosive-detection devices will now be located not only at security checkpoints, but in other locations around some American airports. The devices detect trace amounts of explosives on passengers or in their baggage.

According to the New York Times article, other security measures will include more frequent presence of air marshals on certain flights, and more canine teams and behavior detection officers patrolling airports for anything suspicious.

One official told the Times that Al Qaeda terrorist groups “continue to plot, and one of their major goals is to hit the United States.”

To read the New York Times article, please click here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/15/us/15secure.html