Q&A: Aviation Security Enhancements for Selected Last Point of Departure Airports

Why is the U.S. Government taking these steps now? Are these new policies in response to a specific terrorist threat or plot?

The U.S. Government is concerned about terrorists’ ongoing interest in targeting commercial aviation, including transportation hubs over the past two years, as evidenced by the 2015 airliner downing in Egypt, the 2016 attempted airliner downing in Somalia, and the 2016 armed attacks against airports in Brussels and Istanbul. Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items.

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