New screening rules for passengers on inbound planes after Christmas Day attackBy James Gordon Meek
NY Daily News
April 3, 2010
WASHINGTON - Air travelers entering the U.S. from overseas will now be screened using up-to-the-minute intelligence to spot potential terrorists, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday.
Rules rushed into place after undies airbomber Umar Abdulmutallab's flubbed Christmas Day attack slapped extra scrutiny on all passengers from 14 countries, including Pakistan, Yemen, Nigeria.
The new policy aims to put in place a smarter system of analyzing intelligence. Critics of the serial foulups that let Abdulmutallab get on a Detroit-bound plane applauded the new system, though calling it overdue.
"It seems like a positive step to make more sophisticated use of intel," said Rep. Peter King (R-L.I.), ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee.
Fewer passengers will face extra screening. But those who do will get a thorough review, including patdowns and explosives checks.
"These new measures utilize real-time, threat-based intelligence along with multiple, random layers of security, both seen and unseen," Napolitano said.