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Phones, shoes to face scrutiny as airport security tightened: U.S

Police officers patrol at a security gate inside the main terminal of Frankfurt AirportBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Airlines with direct flights to the United States have been told to tighten screening of mobile phones and shoes in response to intelligence reports of increased threats from al Qaeda-affiliated militant groups, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The officials singled out smartphones including iPhones made by Apple Inc and Galaxy phones made by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for extra security checks on U.S.-bound direct flights from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. U.S. security officials said they fear bombmakers from the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have figured out how to turn the phones into explosive devices that can avoid detection. Airlines or airport operators that fail to strengthen security could face bans on flights entering the United States, the officials said.

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