New York, NY —
US Senator Charles Schumer says airlines based in the United States should threaten to stop flying to airports with lax security. The New York Democrat says the foiled terrorist attack on Christmas Day shows that airport security is appallingly lax. Schumer wrote to the heads of major airlines on Sunday asking them to report any known security issues at foreign airports. He said the airlines should threaten to stop flying to those airports if security isn't improved. Schumer also called on the U.S. State Department to review all travel visas for anyone who has been added to a terrorist database. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab apparently assembled an explosive device in the aircraft toilet of a Detroit-bound Northwest flight, then planned to detonate it with a syringe of chemicals. Passengers intervened and the plan failed.