After the failed attempt to bomb a Northwest Airlines plane on Christmas Day, the Obama administration imposed a temporary policy requiring extra screening of every passenger bound for the United States from 14 countries.
A new policy by the Transportation Security Administration looks like a real improvement. Officials say it should boost security and reduce the number of people tagged for secondary screening.
Currently, airlines receive a list of people on the no-fly list who are barred from air travel, and another list of people tagged for additional screening. Under the new policy, a third list will be generated, made up of people who are potential risks based on specific intelligence information. The airlines won't receive the underlying intelligence data, only the names.
Officials say the new policy should reduce the number of people subjected to extra screening, but the number will still be above what it was before Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s botched attempt to blow up the Northwest plane.
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