TRAVEL SECURITY NEWS UPDATE.

 
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What does Code Orange mean for air travel? Passengers should brace for security related delays during the busy holiday travel season after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) upped its terror alert from Yellow to Orange. Longer lines are expected at most airports, and traffic leading to the terminals could be slowed by random vehicle checks. DHS Secretary Tom Ridge tried to reassure Americans traveling by plane for the holidays. "Make no mistake about it, aviation is far more secure than it's ever been in the history of the country," he said. But, as a result of the change in threat level, all federal departments and agencies are putting action plans in place and stepping up security at airports, border crossings and ports, Ridge said.

Web booking may be next in terror battle. As authorities continue to fine-tune aviation security, some analysts suggest Internet bookings could be the next target. That would hamper airlines who are delighted to use the Web to save on reservations and related staff. "I think we are going to be seeing more ID required generally than your simple password for a whole lot of transactions," Graham Titterington, analyst for Britain's Ovum consultancy.

Britain has tightened security for transatlantic flights in response to heightened fears of terrorism in the United States, and will put sky marshals on the flights when necessary, the government said. The statement Dec 28 2003 was aimed at matching tightened security in the United States since the U.S. Homeland Security Department raised the national alert to its second-highest level, Code...

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