USA introduces new security screening measures

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New measures introduced by US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) effective today are designed to replace emergency procedures put into place after the failed attempt on 25 December to destroy a Delta Air Lines A330.

In a statement the agency overseeing the TSA, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), says the measures utilise real-time and threat based intelligence "to more effectively mitigate evolving terrorist threats".

DHS describes the new, enhanced measures as part of a "dynamic, threat-based aviation security system covering all passengers travelling by air to the United States while focusing security measures in a more effective and efficient manner to ensure the safety and security of the travelling public".

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the new procedures will flag passengers up for more scrutiny even if their names do not appear on the "no fly" list. The publication says the new system would do that by cross-referencing information such as a person's nationality, recently visited countries, age, distinguishing characteristics and even partial names to supplement the no-fly list. Those new elements should help determine if additional screening of certain passengers is necessary, the paper says, quoting US officials from the administration of President Obama.