Obama Announces Enhanced Airline Security Measures
January 7, 2010 — The United States is strengthening airline security measures and taking other corrective actions in the aftermath of a thwarted terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas Day, President Obama announced at the White House January 7. Obama outlined four areas that two top-level reviews have indicated need correcting to prevent a similar incident from happening.
However, part of the problem, the president said, is that the U.S. intelligence community had sufficient information about the alleged terrorist and the possibility of an attack, but because of lapses and miscues, authorities did not intercept him before he boarded a flight to the United States from Europe. “We must do better in keeping dangerous people off airplanes while still facilitating air travel,” Obama said. “I’m ordering an immediate effort to strengthen the criteria used to add individuals to our terrorist watch lists, especially the no-fly list.” (more)