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UN to call for stepped up security for planes and airports

In this photo provided by the United Nations, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopts a resolution on aviation security and safety, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at United Nations headquarters. The U.N.'s most powerful body called for stepped up screening and security checks at airports worldwide to "detect and deter terrorist attacks." And it called on all countries to tighten security at airport buildings, share information about possible threats, and provide advance passenger lists so governments are aware of their transit or attempted entry. (Evan Schneider/The United Nations via AP)

In this photo provided by the United Nations, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopts a resolution on aviation security and safety, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at United Nations headquarters. The U.N.'s most powerful body called for stepped up screening and security checks at airports worldwide to "detect and deter terrorist attacks." And it called on all countries to tighten security at airport buildings, share information about possible threats, and provide advance passenger lists so governments are aware of their transit or attempted entry. (Evan Schneider/The United Nations via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The U.N. Security Council is expected to call for stepped up screening and security checks at airports worldwide to "detect and deter terrorist attacks" on civil aviation.

A draft of the Security Council resolution calls on all countries to tighten security at airport buildings, share information about possible threats, and provide advance passenger lists to national authorities.

The Associated Press obtained the draft ahead of the council meeting Thursday. It comes amid growing international concern about attacks on airplanes and airports including in Ukraine, Brussels and Istanbul.

The document expresses the council's concern "that terrorist groups continue to view civil aviation as an attractive target, with the aim of causing substantial loss of life, economic damage" and air links between countries.