New US restrictions for European, other travelers

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson arrives for a news conference, in New York, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio met with Secretary Johnson and a bi-state group of officials from local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety offices to discuss security preparedness and coordination in the New York-New Jersey region. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is adding new screening requirements for Europeans and other travelers from countries for which a visa isn’t required for U.S. entry.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says travelers from 38 Visa Waiver Program countries, including most of Europe, will have to provide more passport data, contact information and aliases before they can travel to the United States.

The move comes amid growing concern of threats from Western fighters returning from Syria.

Monday’s decision to add scrutiny for foreign travelers is the second time in a week that Johnson has announced security changes. Last Tuesday he announced extra security at various federal government buildings in Washington and other major American cities in the wake of a fatal shooting in Canada’s capital city.

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