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TSA to begin swabbing for explosives as part of "layered approach" to airport security

TSA announced Wednesday that it plans to expand use of equipment to detect residues of explosives as an additional layer of airport security, particularly in the wake of the Christmas day bombing attempt of a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. The agency indicated it would begin randomly swabbing passengers’ hands and bags as they pass through security checkpoints, as well as random screenings with portable detectors of passengers who have already passed through security. The agency indicated that these new measures were part of an ongoing plan to make security procedures unpredictable, so passengers will encounter different measures each time they travel.

Read more at the NYT and the WSJ.

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