France said Friday that it is boosting passenger screening at its airports, responding to a request from Washington for extra security for U.S.-bound flights over fears Islamist radicals could be plotting new attacks using hard-to-detect bombs.
The French move, to come into force next Monday and Tuesday, follows similar action already implemented by Britain, and notably impacts Europe's two busiest hubs, Heathrow and Charles de Gaulle.
Combined, an average 2.5 million passengers a day pass through the two airports.
French and British authorities urged passengers to allow extra time to get past the additional measures, which were not specified but were believed to focus on footwear and electronic items such as mobile phones and computers.
U.S. officials Wednesday publicly demanded enhanced security for airports in Europe and the Middle East which have direct U.S. flights. They did not say whether they had intelligence about a specific plot, but their actions suggested alarm.
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