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Tougher screening for air passengers from nations with link to terrorism

Published:Monday | January 4, 2010 | 9:35 AM

US authorities are introducing tougher screening rules for passengers arriving by air from nations deemed to have links with terrorism.

The new security directives come into effect today.

It is reported that people flying from Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Yemen and Cuba will have pat-down body searches and have their carry-on baggage searched.

US President Barack Obama has condemned the security lapses following the alleged Christmas Day bomb plot against an American plane.

He has promised to act quickly to fix flaws in the security system.