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At the airport we're all used to taking off our shoes, belts, even occasionally getting a bag searched. But according to TSA, more security measures will soon be in place to account for possible terrorist 'body bombs.'

U.S. officials say the new concern is that terrorists are developing ways to surgically implant bombs in body parts such as the buttocks, bellies and breasts.

Traveler Steve Schwartz says the threat alone hurts everyone.

"It's one of those victories that Al-Qaeda has again perpetrated on the American public, they win again,” Schwartz says. “It costs the airline more money, it costs the government more money, and it costs the traveler more money."

Right now there is no specific or imminent threat, but what people can expect are new measures that include agents studying passengers for nervous behavior, skin and clothing swabs to detect explosive material, and pat-down searchers.

The new measures are designed to be unpredictable, so you won't see the new measures at every airport.

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