John Hughes, Mary Schlangenstein and Roger Runningen
Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

President Barack Obama today will announce changes to the government’s terrorist watch-list system as well as additional steps to improve airline safety, an administration official said.

More than half of U.S.-bound international fliers already are undergoing tighter screening such as pat-down searches and full-body scans after the Christmas Day attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet, a Transportation Security Administration official said yesterday.

Those getting extra scrutiny include all passengers flying from or through 14 countries as well as other travelers chosen at random, said the official, who asked not to be identified because the agency hasn’t disclosed the scope of the effort.

Obama will meet in the White House with 20 top advisers from his security, defense, legal and intelligence teams before making a public statement at 4 p.m. Washington time on plans to improve the country’s ability to thwart future terrorist attempts, the administration official said.

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