Thursday, February 20, 2014
What are they trying to sneak past us now?
The Department of Homeland Security warned airlines Wednesday to watch for explosives hidden in the shoes of passengers flying into the United States from overseas, officials said.And if you aren't properly knee-knocking scared, you will be in big trouble.
The alert was based on new intelligence indicating that a shoe bomb may be used to blow up a U.S.-bound jetliner, said two law enforcement officials who described the bulletin on the condition of anonymity.
Officials said the threat was not specific to a particular airline, flight, country or time. It was not related to the Winter Olympics underway in Sochi, Russia.
The alert was issued "out of an abundance of caution," said a homeland security official.
Airport screeners at international airports were instructed to step up scrutiny of passengers boarding flights for the United States.
Screeners will increase uses of swabs that can detect traces of explosive powder on shoes, bags and hands. They also are likely to pull aside more passengers for pat-downs and full-body screening, officials said.
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