New security measures at Houston's airport

International travelers flying into Houston's Bush Intercontinental airport and all other u.s. Airports will face new security checks.

April 2, 2010 3:52:14 PM PDT
Security screeners at airports across the country are changing the way they decide whom to search and whom to send on their way. The new regulations that went into effect Friday are a direct result of that failed plot to blow up an airplane on Christmas Day.

The new measures will supersede the ones added after the failed attack back in December. They mark a significant shift in the strategy used by federal authorities to identify potential terrorists. It leads some to wonder if it will truly make a difference.

International passengers flying into Houston are now subject to a whole new level of screening. Federal officials are convinced the new set of regulations will eliminate the need to inconvenience innocent travelers.

"The more the government does to secure airports and transportation, we as a customers are going to feel safer," said traveler David Echeverria.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, "These new measures utilize real-time, threat-based intelligence, along with multiple, random layers of security, both seen and unseen, to more effectively mitigate evolving terrorist threats."

"If they have reason to think there's a problem with particular people, then great," said traveler James Rooke. "They know before they start traveling and they are not going to get there."

Instead of replacing the government's "no-fly list" of suspected terrorists, intelligence officials will determine what criteria should be used to select passengers for a secondary screening. Some travelers we talked to aren't sure how they feel about that.

"As long as they do and it's fair with everybody," said traveler Rafael Malaver.

Many believe since security isn't full-proof, they question these latest measures and wonder whether they'll truly make the skiers safer for everyone.

"We'll know in a year or two from now," said traveler Francois Lemay. "You can't have answers right the next week. That's for sure."

These new measures require cooperation from the airlines and foreign governments.


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