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WASHINGTON--The Transportation Security Administration on Sunday announced stepped up security screenings on U.S. bound international flights--especially looking at passengers who have traveled through any country on the U.S. list of nations sponsoring terrorist activity.

Below, from the TSA:

"Today, the Transportation Security Administration issued new security directives to all United States and international air carriers with inbound flights to the U.S. effective January 4, 2010.

The new directive includes long-term, sustainable security measures developed in consultation with law enforcement officials and our domestic and international partners.

Because effective aviation security must begin beyond our borders, and as a result of extraordinary cooperation from our global aviation partners, TSA is mandating that every individual flying into the U.S. from anywhere in the world traveling from or through nations that are state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest will be required to go through enhanced screening. The directive also increases the use of enhanced screening technologies and mandates threat-based and random screening for passengers on U.S. bound international flights."

On background from a senior official: the list developed between DHS and the State Department, using the latest intelligence.

Countries of interest: Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, or Yemen

Countries designated as a state sponsor of terrorism: Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria.

from the United Airlines web site:


New security measures

New security procedures have been instituted for travel...
From all foreign locations to the U.S.
From Amsterdam to the U.S.
From Brussels to the U.S.
From Canada to the U.S.
From London to the U.S.

If you paid bag fees when traveling to the United States from a location affected by carry-on restrictions, you may be eligible for a refund of those fees. Learn more


For travel from all foreign locations to the United States
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued new security measures for all flights departing from any foreign location and traveling to the United States. These are in addition to the normal screening that all customers go through to enter secured areas. All customers should allow extra time for check-in and the boarding process and, as always, should check their flight status before departure.

For updates, please visit the TSA website.


For travel from Amsterdam, Netherlands,
to the United States
Effective December 30, 2009, customers departing from Amsterdam Airport (AMS) en route to the United States will be limited to one carry-on bag, which may not exceed 45 linear inches or 114 linear centimeters (length + width + height). Medical assistance devices will be allowed in addition to the single carry-on item.


For travel from Brussels, Belgium, to the United States
Effective December 30, 2009, through January 8, 2010, customers departing from Brussels Airport (BRU) en route to the United States will be limited to one carry-on bag, which may not exceed 45 linear inches or 114 linear centimeters (length + width + height). Medical assistance devices will be allowed in addition to the single carry-on item.


For travel from Canada to the United States
Customers traveling from any Canadian destination to the United States should be advised that effective December 28, 2009, Transport Canada (a department of the Canadian government) put into place a ban on any carry-on baggage that customers would have access to during flight.

Items that are excluded from this restriction include:
small purses (not exceeding 12 x 10 x 5.5 in. or 30 x 25 x 14 cm)
cameras
coats
items for care of infants
laptop computers*
diplomatic or consular bags
crutches
canes
walkers
containers carrying life-sustaining items
medications and medical devices
musical instruments
special-needs items
*A laptop computer may be transported in a basic laptop bag containing only computer accessories and one or two thin file folders.

Please be advised that carrying incapacitating sprays, liquids, or powders has always been prohibited by Canadian law. United would like to remind our customers of these restricted items, which include, but are not limited to, mace, pepper spray (including bear and dog sprays), capsicum, and tear gas. Again, these items are prohibited in Canada, and anyone carrying them may be subject to legal action.


For travel from London, England, to the United States
Effective December 31, 2009, customers departing from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) en route to the United States will be limited to one carry-on bag, which may not exceed 45 linear inches or 114 linear centimeters (length + width + height). Medical assistance devices will be allowed in addition to the single carry-on item.


3 Comments

Why not add Spain, France, Germany, Greece, Brazil, Mexico etc.? - These are all hotbeds for terror planning and killings, or jumping off points for potential terrorists.
Pat downs will not "discover" body implant-bombs, underwear bombs, condom bombs etc - all used by drug smugglers.
Mo Ahmed

This new development is welcome as this is basically for the safety of us all [ travellers ]..i must say this to the purpose of clarity.Nigerians are not terrorist and a nigerian if full of life and would not want to die or kill ,otherwise we wouldnt have been together as a country till now amidst our multiethnicity which is about one of a kind amongst nations around the world... a nigerian would rather live than choose to die. The faruk boy that happenned to be a nigerian by the virtue of the fact that his parents are has never to my best of knowledge been a nigerian coz he lived his whole life outside nigeria and this shows to tell why his parents that happens to be nigerian alerted the appropriate authorities when they suspected his behaviour..I WILL LIKE TO SAY AGAIN THAT NIGERIA SHOULD NOT BE TAGGED AS A TERRORIST NATION COZ WE ARE NOT TERRORIST.

Hi world.. I heard this on radio in Nigeria this morn. It is sad and a knee jerk decision by the US. Nigeria? Terrorist related? Is this a joke? An isolated incident and a country of 150million are paying for it. It is absurb ! NIGERIANS LOVE tHE US and WE LOVE LiFE!

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