HOLIDAYMAKERS from Hartlepool and East Durham heading for the USA face extra disruption this summer after UK airports beefed up their security.
Passengers face extra security checks amid fears that foreign terrorists are working on a bomb that could evade current measures.
The move – at the height of the holiday season – comes after the United States called for heightened precautions amid reports two terror networks are working on a new type of bomb that could be smuggled onto planes.
Durham Tees Valley Airport is not understood to be affected as it does not run flights to the United States.
And Newcastle International Airport, which does run services to the USA, refused to comment on security issues.
The Government said the extra measures, which have not been disclosed, should not cause “significant disruption”. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “It’s very important that we take these measures to protect the travelling public and to ensure the travelling public have confidence that when we get information, we take the right measures and hopefully those right measures will reassure the public in their travels.”