Airport security heightened for US-bound flights - FOX 35 News Orlando

Airport security heightened for US-bound flights

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International travelers can expect enhanced security screenings at foreign airports on direct flights coming into the United States.

Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson announced the increased measures Wednesday.

DHS did not name a specific threat, and an official said it's based on the constantly changing global terror threat.

Potential enhanced screenings could include: more frequent pat downs, bomb-residue hand swabs, luggage checks and inspections of electronic devices.

Over the next few days, the enhanced screenings will be implemented at several of the 250 foreign airports with direct flights into the U.S.

The DHS official would not name which ones, but did say some of the airports have flights into Florida.

The Associated Press reported a terrorist group is trying to develop explosives that can slip through the current x-ray machines and metal detectors found at domestic airports.

According to DHS, the heightened security has nothing to do with the Fourth of July holiday, and it does not affect domestic flights in the U.S. or the 450 airports.

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