Fliers to face more random screening at the gate

03/18/2009 | USA Today

TSA personnel have begun a stepped-up program of random screening at airport gates, after passengers have already cleared metal detectors and X-ray machines. "It serves as a random, unpredictable layer" of security, says a TSA spokesman, adding that the checks are not tied to any specific threat. Though some passengers are grumbling about the added inconvenience, "Security is our No. 1 priority," the TSA says.

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