Following the botched Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner, the US government has announced new security screening procedures.
They are to focus on passengers from countries the US considers as “ state sponsors of terrorism” and others which are a security risk.
It means a full-body pat down for those travellers either coming from or transiting through the 14 countries named.
The US already has Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria – on their list, but that is to be extended as of today to 10 other countries including Yemen and Nigeria, some of whose nationals could pose a threat. Nearly all on the list are Muslim countries.
In Britain, airport operator BAA is to install full-body scanners at London’s Heathrow.
A spokesman said a combination of technology, intelligence and passenger profiling would be introduced as a defence to the changing nature of the terrorist threat to aviation.
Meanwhile Spain, as the new holder of the European Union rotating presidency, is to invite the US to this month’s meeting of the 27 interior ministers to discuss the latest anti-terrorist initiatives.