Stricter security for US airports

Travellers coming from "dangerous" nations will face tougher searches

The US has introduced more stringent security measures for air passengers from 14 nations deemed to pose a particular risk.

These countries include Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, Algeria, and Cuba. Travellers will have their hand-luggage searched, and have their bodies patted-down.

Travellers from any foreign country will be subject to random searches.

This follows an alleged attempt to blow up a plane to Detroit on Christmas Day, which has placed President Barack Obama under pressure to make security improvements.

Nawar Shora, of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, told US media: "This is extreme and very dangerous. All of a sudden people are labelled as related to terrorism just because of the nation they are from."

Gordon Brown has also given the go-ahead for full body scanners to be installed at Britain's airports. They are expected within weeks.

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