DHS has told airport screeners to check passengers’ shoes for traces of explosives. The individual who leaked this to the press said that there was no indication of a specific bomb plot but they reiterated that there were credible threats that shoe bombs may be used to attack commercial passenger jets
The DHS statement was…“Out of an abundance of caution, DHS regularly shares relevant information with domestic and international partners about relevant threat information,” “These types of regular communications are part of that important priority.”
Explosive-laced footwear was the weapon of choice for Richard C. Reid, a Briton and self-declared al-Qaeda member who tried to blow up an American Airlines jet en route to Miami from Paris in 2001. Passengers and flight attendants pounced as Reid attempted to light his high-top sneakers, and he later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.
This alert followed the U.S. government’s Feb. 6 ban on all liquids, gels and aerosols from carry-on luggage on flights between the U.S. and Russia ahead of the Olympics. The restrictions were triggered by warnings that terrorists might hide bomb-making materials in toothpaste tubes for assembly into an explosive device during or after flights.