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S. Korean airport heightens security for flights bound for U.S.

All Headlines 13:49 December 27, 2009

INCHEON, Dec. 27 (Yonhap) -- Incheon airport, South Korea's main gateway, has begun to step up security measures on passengers traveling to the United States following an attempted terrorist attack on a U.S.-bound international flight last week, its officials said Sunday.

Incheon International Airport said security has been tightened at the request of U.S. authorities to check passengers and baggage in the customs, immigration and quarantine areas.

The move comes two days after a man tried to set off a small explosive aboard a Delta-Northwest Airlines flight in what U.S. authorities consider a failed terrorist attack. The flight originating in Amsterdam was bound for Detroit.

South Korean airlines are also applying extra security checks on passengers at boarding gates, airport officials said.

Friday's incident has sparked a major international terrorism investigation, and new rules quickly put into place are changing air traffic routines, according to media reports.

ejkim@yna.co.kr
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