Airbus A 320 airplanes from low cost airline EasyJet parked at Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy en France, north of Paris April 29, 2013. (AFP Photo/Alexander Klein)
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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.Combined, an average 2.5 million passengers a day pass through the two airports.U.S. officials Wednesday publicly demanded enhanced security for airports in Europe and the Middle East which have direct U.S. flights.The stepped-up screening is taking place at Charles de Gaulle airport -- which has 47 U.S.-bound flights a day at this time of the year -- and other airports in mainland France, as well as in far-flung French territories such as Tahiti.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 .Airport security across the world was greatly reinforced in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.
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