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Airline counter-terrorism net tightens on passengers

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Airline counter-terrorism net tightens on passengers


Passengers flying to US destinations or within the United States have been warned to allow extra time for check-in and additional security, following an attempt to blow up a US jet bound for Detroit.

The government said the 23-year-old Nigerian it has in custody has been in its suspected terrorist records since only last month.

Travellers facing still stricter security measures than before — on the ground and in the air — appeared to be taking it well.

Passenger Bonnie Russell, interviewed at Detroit airport, said: “Well, if that is what they do, then we have to conform to what they ask for. I mean I have my toothpaste or my stuff that I normally carry in my personal bag (packed separately) like they requested before. But the last couple of times I have flown they have not checked it; I would prefer that they do check it.”

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been charged with
trying to blow up a plane with high explosives. He is being treated for severe burns.

Passengers and crew on the Delta Air Lines flight from Amsterdam on Christmas Day overpowered him. He had chemically ignited what American media say was a packet of powder and a syringe with a liquid. These were sewn into his clothing near his testicles in order not to be easily detected.

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