- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 17, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Obama administration official says more air travelers in the U.S. may have their hands swabbed as part of a stepped-up effort to screen passengers for explosives.

The official says added security measures may begin as early as Wednesday. The official requested anonymity to speak about security plans.

The official said airports were told Wednesday that more passengers should be randomly screened for explosives before, during and after they go through metal detectors.

The screening could include swabbing travelers’ hands or their carry-on luggage to check for traces of explosives.

The heightened screening follows a Christmas Day attack on a US-bound airliner. A Nigerian man has been charged with trying to blow up the plane.

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