On January 3, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued new security directives to all U.S. and international air carriers with inbound flights to the U.S. effective January 4.
“The new directive includes long-term, sustainable security measures developed in consultation with law enforcement officials and our domestic and international partners,” the TSA said.
As many as 15 countries may be impacted by the TSA’s move, according to USA Today.
Included are Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen. Also Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.
“Because effective aviation security must begin beyond our borders, and as a result of extraordinary cooperation from our global aviation partners, TSA is mandating that every individual flying into the U.S. from anywhere in the world traveling from or through nations that are state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest will be required to go through enhanced screening. The directive also increases the use of enhanced screening technologies and mandates threat-based and random screening for passengers on U.S. bound international flights," the TSA said.