Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Security Is Being Tightened At U.S. Airports But What About In Other Countries?

Wants to close international gaps in airport screening
Wants to close international gaps in airport screening

It's almost like a scene out of Alice In Wonderland.

A Nigerian national allegedly tries to blow up a plane on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day and new security measures are put into place at U.S. airports. But the suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, didn't get on the plane at a U.S. airport.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) correctly points out that, while security has been enhanced on all flights by U.S. carriers, domestic or international, and while new screening procedures have been put into place at all U.S. airports, there's no telling how good the procedures are at foreign airports where passengers board planes heading for the United States.

That potential gap in security, Schumer argues, needs to be closed. He wants all airports where flights originate for the United States to adopt the same procedures in place at U.S. airports.

His call underscores the frustration in trying to thwart terrorist attacks against airliners. One nation can put in excellent screening procedures. But there's no guarantee that the screeners - or the screening process - will be as vigilant or thorough - in other countries.

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