UK airport security to be increased after US call

Security is being increased at UK airports after the US asked for tougher measures amid reports that terrorists are working on a bomb that could evade scanners. The Government said most passengers should not experience disruption from the new regime.

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US to increase security measures at overseas airports

The US will increase security measures at a number of overseas airports that have direct flights into the country, the Department of Homeland Security said.

In a statement, Secretary Jeh Johnson said:

"We are sharing recent and relevant information with our foreign allies and are consulting the aviation industry."

Officials said the Obama administration was pushing for the tighter security measures because of concerns that al-Qaeda operatives in Syria and Yemen were working together to develop bombs capable of being smuggled onto planes.

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