DHS aviation security announcement

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On June 28, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced enhanced security screening measures for all commercial flights to the United States. Secretary Kelly said, “History has shown us that with new innovations come new threats. Terrorists want to bring down aircraft to instill fear, disrupt our economies, and undermine our way of life. However, we are not standing on the sidelines while fanatics hatch new plots. It is time to raise the global baseline of aviation security. Unless we all raise our security standards, terrorists—who see commercial aviation as the greatest takedown—will find and attack the weakest link. We will [also] launch a concerted effort with our foreign partners to put in place wider counterterrorism improvements. This will include better information sharing, expanded exchanges of terrorist watchlists, and more advanced security checks of travelers around the world.”

Learn more about the press release and full prepared remarks of Secretary Kelly, and the fact sheet highlighting the new measures and FAQs.