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TSA Ups Security on 'Body Bomber' Intelligence

July 7, 2011 By: George Dooley Travel Agent

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) urged airlines and foreign security agencies to increase security after receiving intelligence reports that terrorists might try to surgically implant explosives in the bodies of suicide bombers, so called 'Body Bombers.'

“TSA recently briefed air carriers and foreign partners to provide greater insights into recent intelligence indicating the continued interest of terrorists to target aviation. Due to the significant advances in global aviation security in recent years, terrorist groups have repeatedly and publicly indicated interest in pursuing ways to further conceal explosives," the TSA said.

"As a precaution, passengers flying from international locations to U.S. destinations may notice additional security measures in place. These measures are designed to be unpredictable, so passengers should not expect to see the same activity at every international airport. 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," the TSA said.

"We will continue to monitor information pertaining to threats against the United States and its interests, and as always, encourage the public and our partners in law enforcement and the private sector to remain vigilant in promptly reporting any suspicious activities," the TSA said.


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By George Dooley | July 7, 2011
Passengers flying from international locations to U.S. destinations may notice additional security measures.
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