The Department of Homeland Security said that it is implementing enhanced security measures at certain oversea airports with direct flights to the United States.
The statement from Jeh Johnson, Homeland Security secretary, did not give specifics or name the airports. But news services say that the Barack Obama administration is concerned about a new bomb that might be able to pass undetected through airport screening.
Johnson promises as few disruptions to travelers as possible.
In a statement posted on the department Web site, Johnson added:
“We are sharing recent and relevant information with our foreign allies and are consulting the aviation industry. These communications are an important part of our commitment to providing our security partners with situational awareness about the current environment and protecting the traveling public. Aviation security includes a number of measures, both seen and unseen, informed by an evolving environment. As always, we will continue to adjust security measures to promote aviation security without unnecessary disruptions to the traveling public.”
Both of Costa Rica’s major international airports handle direct flights to the United States. They are Juan Santamaría in Alajuela and Daniel Oduber in Liberia.