The main story on BBC news this morning is American fears that terrorists from within Europe may now pose one of the main threats to US security. Michael Chertoff, Head of the Homeland Security Department, told the BBC that extra security checks on European visitors to America might be necessary.
Currently European visitors to America are on a visa-waiver programme and only have to complete entry forms for when they arrive in the USA. People from the Middle East often have to apply six weeks before wanting to journey to the United States for pre-clearance by US authorities. America is not expected to introduce such tough restrictions on travel from Europe. The diplomatic and commercial fallout would be too great. What might be possible, however, is that travellers will have to submit forms 12 to 24 hours before arriving in the USA. This might be done online or by submitting their forms at the airport in Europe from which they travel. This would give US authorities valuable extra time to identify people of questionable intent.