Thursday 27 November 2014

Airports on alert over 'stealth bomb' plot

Tom Whitehead and Brian Byrne

Published 04/07/2014 | 02:30

Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the safety of passengers “must come first”

TERRORISTS are plotting to use new stealth bombs in laptops and even passengers to bring down a US-bound passenger plane, it is feared.

Airport security was increased across the US and other countries amid fears al-Qa'ida bomb experts have successfully designed a new explosive that can bypass current checks.

They are believed to be targeting the thousands of Western jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq as would-be suicide bombers aboard a US-bound plane.

Explosives

The threat, which originated from US intelligence, resulted in holidaymakers at US and UK airports undergoing invasive physical checks, including "vigorous" body searches and shoes being swabbed for traces of explosives, resulting in lengthy delays.

The Department of Transport here said that, along with its partners on the National Aviation Security Committee, which includes gardai, it is monitoring "all new and emerging security threats closely and continuously".

"On this particular occasion, Ireland has concluded that the level of aviation security checks in Irish airports is satisfactory.

Irish Independent

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