US Travel: Everything is the same, says Lebanon official


On the first day of what was supposed to be tighter screening ordered by the United States for airline passengers from certain countries, some airports around the world have conceded they had not cracked down.

The U.S. demanded more careful screening for people who are citizens of, or are flying from, 14 nations deemed security risks. But enforcement of the U.S. rules appeared spotty Monday.

”Everything is the same. There is no extra security,” said an aviation official in Lebanon, one of the countries on the list. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Many in Lebanon were upset when they found their country on the list of countries that require tighter screening, specially since Lebanese president Michel Suleiman met with US president Barack Obama last December at the White House . NYT, Ya Libnan