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US introduces new security measure to detect 'undetectable bombs'

Iran Press TV

Sun Jul 6, 2014 10:11PM GMT

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has introduced new enhanced security measures at overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.

According to a statement posted on the website of TSA, a unit of the Department of Homeland Security, some overseas passengers flying to the US are required to turn on their electronic devices including cell phones and tablets before boarding.

"As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones," according to the statement released on Sunday.

It also said that no powerless device is permitted onboard US-bound aircraft.

The statement went on to add that passengers 'may also undergo additional screening.'

The TSA says the new measures are adopted after Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson last week directed the agency to increase the security level at certain overseas airports.

The statement, however, failed to mention the airports that are affected by the new measures.

This is while, France, Britain and Canada have already announced their plans to step up their security measures following last week warnings from US intelligence officials that militants from Yemen who specialize in making bomb have traveled to Syria to link up with other insurgents there to learn how to develop a new bomb that could go undetected through airport security.

Washington and its allies including Paris and London have been training the insurgent groups which are fighting against the Syrian government.

Just a few day ago, US Senator Rand Paul criticized the White House for forging an alliance with Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria. He said the ISIL militants who are fighting against the Syrian and the Iraqi governments could not have been this powerful if Washington had not supported them in Syria.

Since the foreign-backed insurgency began in Syria more than three years ago, many extremists from the US and other western countries have travelled to Syria.

American Intelligence officials are now concerned that these militants who hold Western passports could take the undetectable bombs into the US.

The Western concerns come as many countries including Iran, Russia and Syria have repeatedly warned that supporting such terrorist groups as done by the US and its allies will backfire sooner or later.

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