Air travelers in Brazil were in for a rude awakening Monday when new safety rules provoked long waiting lines in boarding domestic flights. The National Civil Aviation Board (Anac) began implementing new rules Monday including enhanced X-ray inspection of luggage, “magic wand” and pat-down frisks and prohibitions against certain liquids and electronic devices in hand baggage. At some airports, boarding lines grew to one hour or more, with Anac warning all domestic travelers to arrives at least two hours before flight time. The new rules were instituted ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, due to start August 5. Last week, Brazilian officials said they would enhance security throughout the country in the run-up to the games. The upgrade in security measures came after another deadly terrorist attack in France last week.
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