FAA tightens airport security

FAA tightens airport security

The Federal Aviation Administration today mandated new measures to strengthen security at airports nationwide after terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

All terminals will be evacuated and canine teams will perform a 'cleaning' operation at the airports, an FAA official said at a press briefing in Boston.

The FAA will reinforce security staffs at the airports and step up random identification checks, he said.

The agency will deploy bomb detection teams at airports for quick response and reduce the number of access points into the airports, he said.

Airports will discontinue curbside check-ins and remove vehicles within 300 feet of terminals.

The FAA will prohibit the sale of knives-plastic and metal-at airports, he said.

Airport operators will issue improved security plans and keep security personnel informed of developments, he added.

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