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Germany increases airport security after US warns of bombs

Published on Jul 8, 2014 7:27 PM
 
Police officers patrol at a security gate inside the main terminal of Frankfurt Airport on July 3, 2014. Germany has tightened security at its airports after US authorities said they were concerned that Al-Qaeda operatives in Syria and Yemen were developing bombs that could be smuggled onto planes. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Germany has tightened security at its airports after US authorities said they were concerned that Al-Qaeda operatives in Syria and Yemen were developing bombs that could be smuggled onto planes.

Germany's interior ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that authorities had introduced enhanced security measures following a request from the United States.

"At German airports, the authorities have already implemented higher levels of security checks for passengers and baggage," said the ministry.

It said passengers flying from Germany directly to the United States would have to remove technical equipment, such as laptops, from protective covers and turn it on to make sure it worked.

 
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