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US clamps enhanced security checks for citizens of Pakistan and 13 other countries

In response to failed bombing attempt on Christmas day on a US airliner, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a new set of screening measures which came into effect January 4, 2010 across the world airports.

The new guidelines will apply to all passengers on flights to the US and will subject those from “countries of interest” to special scrutiny. Pakistan, Nigeria and Yemen are included in this category which also lists Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Somalia.
Citizens of these countries travelling to the US will be subject to extra scrutiny because of their national origin. The measures include extensive full body searches, swabbing of luggage to detect explosives and body scans.

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