The U.S. Department of Homeland Security would increase security at overseas airports with nonstop flights to the country, citing concerns that al Qaeda operatives in Syria and Yemen were developing bombs that could be smuggled onto planes.
The new security measures would be required at airports in Europe, Africa and the Middle East that have direct flights. The list of airports or countries affected by this change was not disclosed.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson has directed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to implement the measures in the coming days. The move comes during the summer travel season and days before the July 4 holiday.
This means that you will have to go through additional inspections of shoes and property. A lot of airports, currently, have security measures in place for U.S.-bound flights, in addition to the ones applied by the country’s authorities, but this change takes that additional security procedure through an “enhanced” level.
If you’re flying to U.S. airports directly, then make sure to reach earlier than you normally do and brace yourself for these new procedures.
We will update the list of airports/countries when we hear more.