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Much tighter security at US airports this summer

Brussels airport bombings trigger new security measures with realisation that "public areas of the world are vulnerable, by definition", says TSA head

Published Sun, Apr 10, 2016 · 09:50 PM
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TRAVELLERS who are expected to pass through US airports in near record numbers this summer can expect to be sniffed by more dogs, scrutinised by more armed police officers and faced with longer security lines. The reason, in a word: Brussels.

A plane carrying Transportation Security Administration (TSA) head Peter Neffenger was nosing up to the arrival gate in Brussels on March 22 when the first of two bombs that killed 16 people exploded in the terminal. A third went off a short time later in a subway, killing 16 more people.

"Here's what we do to make sure that that doesn't happen here," said Mr Neffenger, who was arriving in Belgium for a security meeting when the bombs went off. "There's a lot more patrolling of public areas here than I believe was the case in Brussels. W…

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