U.S. imposes new restrictions on air passengers in wake of terrorism attempt
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°§U.S. federal officials on Saturday imposed new restrictions on air travelers.
°§Passengers would not find the same measures at every airport.
°§Overseas passengers will be reportedly restricted to only one carry-on item.

Detroit Metropolitan airport police corporal Richard Frederick walks through the airport with 'explosives detection' dog Spence in Romulus, Michigan December 26, 2009.

Detroit Metropolitan airport police corporal Richard Frederick walks through the airport with "explosives detection" dog Spence in Romulus, Michigan December 26, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    NEW YORK, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- In the wake of the terrorism attempt Friday on a Northwest Airlines flight, U.S. federal officials on Saturday imposed new restrictions on air travelers, according to a report available on The New York Times Saturday.

    The U.S. government was "vague" about the steps it was taking, but it wanted the security experience to be "unpredictable" and that passengers would not find the same measures at every airport, says the report.

    In the meantime, several U.S. airlines released detailed information about the restrictions, saying that passengers on international flights coming to the United States will apparently have to "remain in their seats for the last hour of a flight without any personal items on their laps," according to the Times.

    Overseas passengers will be reportedly restricted to only one carry-on item, and domestic passengers will probably face longer security lines, says the paper.

    The U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was cited as saying in a statement Saturday that new measures were "designed to be unpredictable, so passengers should not expect to see the same thing everywhere."

    The suspect in the Friday attempt, identified as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, tried to ignite an incendiary device in the final hour of the flight while the plane was descending into Detroit.

    Once in effect, passengers on flights of 90 minutes or less would most likely not be able to leave their seats at all, since airlines do not allow passengers to walk around the cabin while a plane is climbing to its cruising altitude, said the Times.

Passengers wait to check in their luggage at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan December 26, 2009.

Passengers wait to check in their luggage at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan December 26, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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Man ignites small explosive device on U.S. jetliner in suspected terrorism attempt

°° WASHINGTON, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- A man suspected of extremist affiliation ignited Friday a small explosive device on a Northwest Airlines flight bound to Detroit, an incident the White House considers to be a "terrorism attempt," officials said.

   U.S. congressman Peter King, a ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee said the suspect is a 23-year-old Nigerian, who ignited the device prior to the plane's landing in Detroit, Michigan. Full story

Detroit flight terrorism suspect arraigned in Detroit hospital

    CHICAGO, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- The terrorism suspect who attempted to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner was arraigned Saturday afternoon in his hospital bed at University Hospital, Ann Arbor, about 80 kilometers west of Detroit.

    Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian, is charged with attempting to destroy an aircraft with a destructive device during a Christmas Day flight into Detroit.  Full story

Suspect's father to meet security officials: report

    CHICAGO, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- A retired Nigerian banker said he is meeting with security officials because he fears his son may have been the man who allegedly tried to bomb a Detroit-bound flight, the Associated Press said Saturday.

    Former bank official Alhaji Umaru Mutallab was quoted as saying that his son, identified by U.S. officials as Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, was a student in London. He said his son left London to travel, though he did not know where to.  Full story

FBI: Attempted airplane bomber might have acted alone

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- A Nigerian who attempted to set off an explosion device on a Delta international flight might have acted alone, said a Federal Bureau of Investigation official on Saturday.

    The official, who spoke on anonymity, told CNN that the suspect, who was identified as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, has been "talking a lot" to FBI investigators.  Full story

U.S. imposes more restrictions on air travelers after terrorism attempt

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- U.S. authorities imposed more restrictions on air travelers on Saturday after a terrorism attempt on a Delta Airlines flight Friday.

    Among other steps being imposed, passengers on international flights coming to the United States will have to remain in their seats for the last hour of a flight without any personal items on their laps, CNN reported.  Full story

Metro Airport in Detroit to tighten security

    CHICAGO, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Metro Airport in Detroit has tightened security in the wake of a believed terrorist attack aboard a flight headed to Detroit, airport sources said Saturday.

    Travelers will need extra time to deal with increased security measures at Metro Airport, Airport spokesman Mike Conway said that check-in and screening lines were longer Saturday and passengers should plan to arrive early.  Full story

Editor: Xiong Tong
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