the Obama administration, airport security is no longer a priority on
American soil only. U.S. security officials now are screening airline
passengers at foreign airports before they board planes bound for the
Fourteen airports around the world are currently involved in the special program set up by the Department of Homeland Security. In Shannon, Ireland, for example, a series of negotiations led to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers being allowed to screen individuals for explosives.
At airports in Spain, Panama, and Japan,
CBP simply advises local screeners on how to do their jobs. But in Abu
Dhabi, the government plans to build a special terminal where American
officers will screen passengers seeking to fly to the United States.
“It’s a really big deal—it would be like us saying you can have
foreign law enforcement operating in a U.S. facility with all the
privileges given to law enforcement, but we are going to do it on your
territory and on our rules,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told The New York Times. “So you flip it around, and you realize it is a big deal for a country to agree to that. It is also an expensive proposition.”
The Obama administration reportedly ramped up the program following
the attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day 2009.
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