Airports step up security after Al Qaeda posts bomb instructions

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH)– Airports around the country are on high alert after a new danger from Al-Qaeda. The terror group published a magazine article with instructions on how to make a homemade bomb.

Those bomb instructions were published last month. It basically explains how to make a bomb that can go undetected by airport security and sniffer dogs, then brought on a U.S. jetliner.

“I fly every week and I’m not letting that stop me,” said Peggy Rowe, who was traveling out of Bradley Airport on Wednesday.

Airport security is now being ramped up across the country. There will now be another layer of security at the gate area. Passengers may have to go through a random pat-down, bag check or hand swab for traces of explosives right before you board your flight. For some, this may be a hassle but experts say, based on how specific this bomb making article was, extra security is necessary.

“It is detailed, it is instructional, it appears people are reading it, and it’s something we have to push back on very hard,” said Mike Downing, LAPD Counter-terrorism.

In the past week there’s been renewed worry over terror attacks in the wake of the attack in Paris and threats by ISIS against the U.S. government.

Experts say the body scanners at the airport would quite possibly be able to detect the type of bomb published in the latest Al Qaeda magazine. For now, no one is taking any chances. If you are flying anytime soon you can expect those added security measures.

“I think that’s going to be a part of our life for a very long time.” said Norman Sondheimer of Avon.

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