US warns of threat of explosives in toothpaste tubes on flights to Russia ahead of Olympics

  • Article by: ALICIA A. CALDWELL , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 6, 2014 - 12:34 AM

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Homeland Security Department is warning airlines flying to Russia that terrorists may try to smuggle explosives on board hidden in toothpaste tubes.

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pitythefoolsFeb. 5, 14 4:39 PM

But I thought we were all safe as long as we didn't have more than 3 oz of toothpaste in our little plastic bag?

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jbhall56Feb. 5, 14 5:27 PM

So, is the TSA going to confiscate toothpaste from everyone, only people traveling overseas, or only people traveling to Russia? My guess is toothpaste will be taken from everyone.

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jbhall56Feb. 5, 14 5:28 PM

from what I understand, the 3oz rule turned out to be a myth. Besides, they are saying that multiple travelers would be carrying the explosive toothpaste and would mix it together either inflight or once at Sochi.

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mchristi314Feb. 5, 14 5:50 PM

This suggests to me that the task of air travel security, as it is currently construed, is a Sisyphean task. Maybe it's time to take a step back and re-evaluate what the goal of airline security can be, what can reasonably be achieved, and what particular measures directly impact that. Does taking off and x-raying shoes and limiting the amount of liquids really make a difference? I have my distinct doubts.

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pitythefoolsFeb. 5, 14 5:51 PM

jbhall56: "from what I understand, the 3oz rule turned out to be a myth. Besides, they are saying that multiple travelers would be carrying the explosive toothpaste and would mix it together either inflight or once at Sochi."

It's 3.4 oz and it's on the TSA website considered a "gel." But that was my point. Terrorists have ALWAYS had the option to each bring on 3.4 oz of explosives and combine them. Yet they haven't and I wonder why.

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tuttifruttiFeb. 5, 14 6:36 PM

The TSA is out of control. I got grilled about where my cigars came from when I traveled back from Mexico. I had to inform them that they are nor customs and to shut up.

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tuttifruttiFeb. 5, 14 6:41 PM

My stick deodorant does not have to taken out of my bag and put into a baggie. Very interesting. Why?

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davehougFeb. 5, 14 7:11 PM

Folks, I would hate to have the job of protecting so many lives. Let's cut the TSA some slack for doing a very important job.....one we don't want a single failure to occur.

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d434478Feb. 5, 14 7:51 PM

TSA...yes it is a hassle sometimes...but glad it is done. It is dangerous now and Americans are targets and give other people a break. Most of these people seem fine and we travel often. Like the fast-go-thru option now if you are a frequent traveler. What is the option...do nothing? I don't think so!

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tuttifruttiFeb. 5, 14 8:32 PM

Cut the TSA some slack? You think they protect us? I fly every week. They are the most unprofessional bunch of people you can imagine. Most couldn't run 100 yards to save a life. Putting a uniform and a badge on these people is a joke.

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