Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has ordered the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to enhance security measures at selected overseas airports as terrorists have developed more hard-to-detect bombs to attack U.S.-bound planes.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson revealed the move to be implemented next week in European and Middle East airports without elaborating. Currently, tighter security measures in airports where U.S.-bound planes take off include inspections of shoes and electronics, use of scanners that can detect traces of explosives, and screening at boarding gates.
The FBI said that with the thousands of foreigners joining the rebellion in Syria and Iraq, there is concern that some of them could attack their own country when they return home.
FBI Director James Comey particularly pointed out Syria and about 100 Americans who have joined the ranks of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) now occupying many cities in the country and Iraq.
The enhanced security was prompted by intelligence findings revealed early this year that the al-Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front in Syria and the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen were jointly behind the development of the underwear bomb that a passenger tried to detonate aboard a plane over Detroit in 2009.