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Sep 11, 2012 5:37 PM by Lacey Steele

Some foreign bags on flights may only have to be screened once

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has moved to eliminate a requirement that passengers flying from certain foreign airports have their checked bags screened a second time when they arrive in the United States and continue on an additional flight.

Current law already stipulates that passengers arriving from one of 14 pre-clearance foreign airports do not need to go through a second full security check when they transfer to a domestic flight.

The House measure would give the Transportation Security Administration the authority to extend that re-screening waiver to their bags as well.

The TSA has determined that those 14 airports - eight in Canada, four in the Caribbean and two in Ireland - have security staff and procedures that are at or above U.S. standards.

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