Wednesday, July 6, 2011

US warning of airline plot to implant bombs in people

Passengers pass by a sign stating the
National Threat Advisory
© AFP/File Jim Watson

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House said Wednesday there was no danger of an imminent attack on airplanes after reports that terror groups were mulling implanting bombs into the bodies of passengers.

The assurances came after news that the US administration warned airlines that extremist groups were considering surgically implanting explosives into people to try to beat tight airport security measures.

Passengers flying to the United States could now face even tougher screening measures, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, Nicholas Kimball, told the Los Angeles Times.

"These measures are designed to be unpredictable, so passengers should not expect to see the same activity at every international airport," Kimball said, adding existing methods could not detect plastic explosives under the skin.

"Measures may include interaction with passengers, in addition to the use of other screening methods such as pat-downs and the use of enhanced tools and technologies."

White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed that officials from Homeland Security and the TSA had been in contact with airlines.

"The action they took in briefing air carriers and foreign partners to provide greater insights into recent intelligence indicating continued interest of terrorists to target aviation did not relate to an imminent or specific threat," he said.

"Terrorist groups have repeatedly and publicly indicated interest in pursuing ways to further conceal explosives and we continue to evolve just as the threat does," he added.

"In other words, this is the idea that terrorists have been looking for other ways to circumvent security measures in order to target aircraft. It's not at all surprising."

American Airlines and US Airways refused to comment.

But security at US airports has been ramped up over the past decade since Al-Qaeda militants hijacked four US planes on September 11, 2001 and plowed two of them into the World Trade Center in New York.

A third plane hit the Pentagon in Washington, and the fourth crashed into a Pennsylvania field after the passengers overcame the hijackers.

There have been several attempts to blow up US-bound airlines, including on Christmas Day 2009 when a Nigerian man was arrested for allegedly carrying plastics explosives stitched into his underwear which he planned to ignite on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

The trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on terror charges is set to begin in October.

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Michael Rivero said...

Please buy our very new and very expensive and very lethal full-body penetration X-ray scanners for your airports today! Plus if you act now we will include at no extra charge a case of purple rubber gloves for those intimate encounters!

Anonymous said...

Gosh, does that make the use of the Xray scanners viable? For gods sake when will people quit believing all the bullshit. When the TSA/PTB get a bit of a tongue lashing in the media they come out with crap like this to further the agenda.

July 4th cam and went.............. what? Nothing? Now we have to worry about inside bombs.

I am so disgusted with the US government. Ho can any thinking being believe that the TSA are actually achieving anything?

Wake up. Baahhh!

Anonymous said...

Now they gonna have to turn you inside out or stick a camera up you?

Anonymous said...

That is right............ you folks have the idea. Now we have to know that the scanners are needed AND an internal probe will be next. That's right, you need some TSA drone to stick something up you butt to verify you just had too many bran flakes the last couple of days.

How many times do I have to say it............... QUIT FLYING DRONES!!!!!

Golly gee, a couple of days with NO people flying will get things changed in a hurry.

It amazes me the the people who claim to live in the FREE country of the Unites States are so willing to just take it up the you know what and still try and claim that they live in the land of the free,

Just about everywhere else is more FREE than the US now.

Anonymous said...

People are stupid. Yes boss.....okay boss, stick that up there and have a look. It's all fine as long as I can pay $600 to fly up to Michigan to see my Aunt Mable.

It is all in the name of security.

Quit flying. How dumb are you people?

Anonymous said...

Exam gloves will now be issued to TSA to do some internal probing. Don't worry, all TSA agents will have at least ten minutes of special training on how to perform rectal exams. Guys you get a free prostrate massage as an added bonus!

Ladies no prostrate massage for you, but along with your rectal exam you do get a free vaginal exam. It's all for your health and safety because your gov. cares about you.

Free exams for the kids too. Some former priests have signed up to help with the kids, so don't worry!

Now clothes off, bend over and take a deep breath. Sorry Vaseline not included.

Anonymous said...

Lawls, srsly? Wtf har har har DURK! USA USA USA USA!

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