A passenger watches airplanes from Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport in London July 3, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
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U.S.-bound travelers from Europe and the Middle East faced tighter airport security Thursday over fears that Islamist groups are developing new explosives that could be slipped onto planes undetected.U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the extra security on direct flights to the United States from some overseas airports Wednesday, without citing evidence of any specific plot.The move comes amid broader Western intelligence concerns that hundreds of Islamist radicals travelling from Europe to fight in the Middle East could pose a security risk on their return. Britain confirmed it was bolstering security at its airports in response.The terror alert in Uganda further rattled nerves but it was not immediately clear if it was linked to the airport security boost.Passengers in Britain have long faced tight security measures at airports following high-profile threats including a failed attempt by British "shoe bomber" Richard Reid to blow up a U.S.-bound flight in 2001 .
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