Domestic security officials plan to station American inspectors at a number of airports in Europe, Asia and elsewhere to look for terrorists who may be using fraudulent travel documents, officials said Monday. The plan, still preliminary, is seen as one way of avoiding the kind of repeated flight cancellations that have disrupted travel between Europe and the United States in the last two months. “Had there been a program like this in place, it may well not have been necessary to cancel flights at significant costs to the airlines,” Robert C. Bonner, the commissioner of customs and border protection, said in an interview. “We would have had the opportunity to screen passengers who pose a terrorist threat.” Officials at the Department of Homeland Security have begun discussions with some foreign counterparts to determine whether they would agree to allow American inspectors at their airports to assist in screening passengers bound for the United States. Full Story
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