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A French soldier stands in front of the desk of American airline company 'Delta Air Lines' in Nice airport, south eastern France, July 4, 2014.  Lionel Cironneau—AP

France Beefs Up Security on Flights to U.S.

Jul 04, 2014

France is ramping up security measures on all outgoing flights to the U.S. following terrorism warnings.

"At the request of American authorities, security measures at airports for flights bound to the United States have been increased for the summer period," the French Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement Friday.

American authorities said Wednesday that they're concerned al-Qaeda might be developing a new kind of bomb that could be smuggled onto planes. The Obama Administration told foreign airports with direct flights to the U.S. to increase their security measures.

The French agency warned that delays are possible and recommended all passengers flying to the U.S. arrive early. The move follows British airports agreeing to increase airport security Thursday.

France has not elaborated on the measures it intends to implement.

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