Mexico airport boosts security after U.S. air incident

09:21, December 31, 2009      

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Mexico City International Airport has boosted security in the wake of the Dec. 25 incident on a Northwest Airlines flight bound for U.S. city Detroit from Amsterdam.

Travellers told Mexican broadcasters on Wednesday that they were subjected to physical searches as they were waiting to board their aircraft and their luggage was searched, sometimes more than once. Airport staff told media they were at the second highest alert level.

Passengers going to the United States are not allowed to use lavatories during their flight, open overhead luggage racks or have anything with them at their seat.

Miguel Angel Valero, president of the Mexican Aviation Pilots College, said on Wednesday that staff from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) were supervising security in the airport.

"It is a fact that they are here, but we must not see it as a violation of the law," Valero told media, saying that TSA officials' presence is covered under an agreement signed by Mexico and the United States.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian, was arrested on Christmas Day after attempting to light an explosive device sewn into his underwear as the plane approached the airport in the last stages of a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

Source: Xinhua
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