United States has said it would increase security at overseas airports with nonstop flights to the country, as U.S. officials cited concerns that al-Qaeda operatives in Syria and Yemen were developing bombs that could be smuggled onto planes.
The Department of Homeland Security said “enhanced security measures” would be implemented in the next few days at “certain overseas airports with direct flights into the United States.”
The new security measures would be required at airports in Europe, Africa and the Middle East that have direct flights.
Department of Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson said they were sharing relevant information with foreign allies and consulting the aviation industry, as specific airports or what countries were not mentioned
Johnson said he directed the Transportation Security Administration to implement the measures in the coming days. The move comes during the summer travel season and days before the July 4 holiday.