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G-8 OKs Tighter Security for Air Travel

Heightened airport security is here to stay, but world leaders looking to better protect air travelers from terrorism also say they want to let those who pose no threat pass more easily through checks. Leaders from the powerful Group of Eight nations, meeting on Sea Island, Georgia, on Wednesday approved a 28-point plan to further strengthen security while trying not to gum up travel with unnecessary and costly screening. Despite tougher security measures and better intelligence cooperation implemented since the Sept. 11 attacks, the G-8 agreement says “terrorist attacks against the transportation system remain a serious threat.” The G-8 plan seeks quicker exchanges of information about passengers, better protected flight decks, and controls on shoulder-fired missiles that officials fear terrorists could use to shoot down commercial jets. The G-8 groups together Italy, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, Russia and the United States — all countries where air travel is a major form of transport. Full Story

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