Still a threat of shoe bombs on airplanes


WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH)– Going through security at airports won’t be getting any quicker any time soon. The Department of Homeland Security has issued a new alert warning that there is still a threat of shoe bombs or other explosives on airplanes.

It’s a familiar scene at every airport across America. Travelers stooped over at the security line taking their shoes off.

New intelligence gathered overseas suggests terrorists may try to hide explosives in their shoes again. Even though no specific plot has been identified, the goal is apparently the same getting bombs onto passenger planes.

“It certainly tells you that AL Qaeda is still fascinated with taking down planes. Now we’re going back to shoes, which we’ve dealt with before,” said Brad Garrett, Former FBI Agent.

News 8’s Josh Scheinblum talked to passengers at Bradley about the new shoe bomb warning.

It was in 2001 that Richard Reid boarded an aircraft with explosives in his shoes. Now officials with the United State’s government are issuing a new warning terrorists may be working to make a similar plot happen again.


“I think flying from overseas back into the United States, it’s a little bit scarier,” said a traveler.

At Bradley International Airport, passengers come and go from all over North America.

But while what’s going on there may look like any other day, The Department of Homeland Security says things are different at airports all over the country.

They’ve issued a warning to passengers to be on the look out for explosives. They say they’re concerned that terrorists may target inbound flights from overseas to the United States.

“It’s hard to know what the rest of the world is doing and how well they’re taking care of their security,” said a traveler.

Specifically, the Department of Homeland Security says terrorists may try a number of ways to smuggle in bombs. Those include cosmetics, shoes, even liquids.

They add they’re not aware of any specific plot but we’re told new intelligence suggests some terrorist groups are working on new explosive designs.

And as seen in a demonstration, the consequences should such a device go off have the potential to be deadly.

In a statement sent to News 8 by DHS regarding the warning they said;

“… Our security apparatus includes a number of measures, both seen and unseen, informed by the latest intelligence and as always DHS continue to adjust security measures to fit an ever evolving threat environment.”

“I think it’s helpful.”

“I think they’re very sincere in what they’re doing and trying to let people understand what the risks are.”

At Bradley International Airport, flights arriving from overseas are rare but those News 8 spoke with say its still important to be vigilant.

“Be aware of what’s around me and what going on on the plane,” said a man.

News 8 asked officials asked officials at Bradley International Airport about this latest warning and they say they were unable to comment on this latest situation however they did tell us that safety there is a top priority.

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