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Monday, 1st October 2012
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Japanese airports to begin random body searches

Japanese airports will begin randomly searching international travellers from today (October 1st) in an effort to clamp down on terrorist threats.

According to the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry, 29 airports will be participating in the initiative to prevent explosives from getting past metal detectors. 

Under current regulations, only passengers who set off metal detectors are subject to body searches, but throughout October any traveller could be scrutinised, Kyodo news reported.

The move has apparently been launched due to terrorist plots involving the use of liquid and solid explosives that have occurred in the US and the UK, although the Ministry did not confirm if it was pointing a finger at recent events.

Currently in the UK, air travellers must disclose all liquids carried in their hand luggage up to 100ml through clear plastic bags.

Passengers are also warned not to wrap any gifts in their hand luggage as these may be inspected during safety checks.

Posted by Graham McPherson