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Airline security stepped up as terror bomb threat received

July 4, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The world is entering yet another heightened phase of increased airport and airline security in the face of bomb threats against aircraft.

The US Department of Homeland Security is increasing passenger screening on many flights from Europe, Africa and the Middle East to the US.

The authorities are responding to intelligence reports of an increased threat from al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen. Reuters said the concerns involved intelligence that al Qaeda operatives in Syria and Yemen have joined forces to develop bombs that can be smuggled onto aircraft.

Security will be heightened at about 15 airports overseas – though apparently not in the US itself. The Department of Homeland Security provided intelligence and information about the new security measures to airlines and selected foreign governments.

The BBC reports that some airports affected are in Britain. Neither UK nor US authorities specified what new measures might involve but Britain said most passengers should not experience “significant disruption”.

Yemen-based Islamist group, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has since 2009 made three unsuccessful attempts to bring down a US-bound airliner. A shoe bomber and an underwear bomber were used in two separate instances. Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, the group’s chief bomb maker, has never been captured.

Written by Peter Needham


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