Tighter security issued for US-bound flights

July 3, 2014 |

Those coming back from business travel or vacation getaways will want to be aware of heightened security for flights headed to the U.S. from Europe and the Middle East. According to CNN, the Obama administration issued the order after intelligence officials discovered that al Qaeda militants from the Arabian Peninsula and Syria may be working together to develop explosives that can go through airport security without detection.

"We will work to ensure these necessary steps pose as few disruptions to travelers as possible," Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement to the source. "We are sharing recent and relevant information with our foreign allies and are consulting the aviation industry."

There was no information on which international airports will see the enhanced security measures implemented by the Transportation Security Administration.

According to CNN, no changes were made as to what travelers can take with them on flights; however, there may be additional inspections of shoes and electronics. TSA officials may also use scanners that are designed to detect even trace amounts of explosives. At some of the airports, there may be another stage of screening added at boarding gates.

The enhanced security measures may go into effect as early as the July 4 holiday.

CNN reported that there was no specific plot or attack that lead to the increase in security, rather the intelligence that the terrorist groups were working to develop the more sophisticated bombs.