Schumer releases plan to boost airport security
(AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer says airlines based in theUnited States should threaten to stop flying to airports with laxsecurity.
The New York Democrat says the foiled terrorist attack onChristmas Day shows that airport security is appallingly lax.
Schumer wrote to the heads of major airlines on Sunday askingthem to report any known security issues at foreign airports. He said the airlines should threaten to stop flying to thoseairports if security isn't improved.
Schumer also called on the U.S. State Department to review alltravel visas for anyone who has been added to a terrorist database.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab apparently assembled an explosivedevice in the aircraft toilet of a Detroit-bound Northwest flight,then planned to detonate it with a syringe of chemicals. Passengersintervened and the plan failed.