U.S. Homeland Security chief meets with travel industry leaders

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U.S. Homeland Security chief on Friday met with leaders of the nation's travel and tourism industry, promising to partner with the private sector to facilitate the flow of trade and travel while maintaining high security standards to protect the American people.

During the meeting, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano emphasized the department's efforts to streamline security and customs screening for travelers through trusted traveler programs such as Global Entry -- a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) initiative that utilizes biometric identification and thorough background checks to expedite the screening process at airports for its more than 80,000 participants.

She also reiterated the department's commitment to bolstering the security of the international aviation system to protect the traveling public through partnerships with the private sector; enhanced international standards and collaboration; modernization of security infrastructure at airports across the country; and increased deployments of security personnel and the latest security technology.

U.S. Homeland Security Department has taken a host of measures to strengthen airline security after the failed cargo bombing plot, in which two suspicious packages were found on cargo planes originated from Yemen and destined for the United States. Those packages were finally confirmed to contain explosive material.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a Yemen-based terrorist group, has claimed responsibility for the plot, according to the terrorist monitoring group SITE.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:赵晨雁)

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