By ERIN McCLAM
Associated Press Writer
On the first day of what was supposed to be tighter screening ordered by the U.S. for airline passengers from certain countries, some airports around the world conceded Monday they had not cracked down
The United States demanded
more careful screening for people who are citizens of, or are flying from, 14 nations deemed security risks. But enforcement of the U.S. rules appeared spotty.
"Everything is the same
. There is no extra security," said an aviation official in Lebanon
, one of the countries on the list. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
The Obama administration ordered the changes
after what authorities say was a failed attempt by a Nigerian man to blow up a jetliner bound from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said the enhanced screening techniques would include full-body pat-downs, searches of carry-on bags, full-body scanning and explosive-detection technology.
In Nigeria, one of the nations on the U.S. list for additional security, there were long lines
on the first day of the new rules. At the airport in the capital of Lagos, Mine Oniovosa, a 24-year-old student, said she had been told to show up more than seven hours ahead of time
for a flight to Atlanta.
A Nigerian official pledged that everyone would be patted down at the country's international airports. In Lagos, guards wearing latex gloves combed through bags, spending more than a minute on each one.
But at international airports in Lebanon, Syria and Libya
, all on the list, there were no visible changes in screening. And several European governments, including Germany, France and Spain
, said they were still studying the rules before tightening security any further than the steps they took after the failed Christmas attack.
Passengers arriving at U.S. airports on international flights described a wide range of screening methods
- from being separated by gender and patted down to nothing more invasive than normal airport security.
Lydia Habhab, a consultant for the World Bank who flew from France to Amsterdam and on to Detroit, said she was subjected to a full-body scan and her luggage was opened and inspected.
The additional security caused her flights to leave an hour later than scheduled, said Habhab, who is originally from Detroit and now lives in Washington.
"I felt personally violated, but I understand why the procedures are necessary," she said.
Passengers on a charter flight from Havana to Miami said they did not notice any additional security in either Cuba or the United States.
"It was the same as always
. There was no problem," said Adriana Vallester, 46, who was returning from a holiday visit to her family in Cuba.