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U.S. Steps Up Security at Airports After Paris Attacks

The TSA is increasing the number of random searches of passengers and carry-on luggage boarding planes at U.S. airports.
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LONDON — U.S. officials have stepped up security measures at airports and government buildings following a wave of deadly terror attacks in France. The TSA is increasing the number of random searches of carry-on luggage and passengers boarding planes at American airports, according to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Jonhson said he has also directed the TSA to review whether more security measures are necessary, adding that the government "won't hesitate" to take further steps if and when required.

Johnson described the beefed-up measures as precautionary, saying in a statement Monday that there is "no specific, credible intelligence of an attack of the kind in Paris last week being planned by terrorist organizations in this country." But "given world events," he said, "this is a time for heightened vigilance" when it comes to homeland security, Johnson added.


— Cassandra Vinograd