Homeland Security warns airlines of new threat to air travel, cites possible shoe bombs

  • Article by: ALICIA A. CALDWELL , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 19, 2014 - 7:12 PM

WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department has warned airlines that terrorists could try to hide explosives in shoes. It's the second time in less than three weeks that the government has issued a warning about possible attempts to smuggle explosives on a commercial jetliner.

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swmnguyFeb. 19, 14 4:55 PM

We already did shoe bombs. Next "booga-booga," please. Oh, and we did underpants bombs, too. And toothpaste.

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sharkysharkFeb. 19, 14 6:00 PM

More make-believe scare tactics to make traveling an even more miserable experience than it already is. Just leave us alone and forget all the theater.

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FrankieFeb. 19, 14 6:50 PM

This Homeland Security is la joke. More money thrown down the toilet.

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MellersFeb. 19, 14 7:35 PM

I have a slight fear of flying (okay, just the landing part) and travel ~2 times a year for pleasure trips. I personally am grateful for these alerts, providing they're based on credible reasons. I'm appreciative of each flight attendant and pilot on each flight, and again, if these reasons are credible, I support these warnings and initiatives. I never dreamed 9/11/2001 could occur and definitely do not ever want to see a repeat of that horrific day that still haunts my dreams.

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bluedevil101Feb. 19, 14 8:08 PM

The 2007 Democrats told us that the entire terrorism thing was a phony and that these folks were nothing to worry about. Now, with a Dem president they are worried about this? I'd say forget it. Enjoy your trip. Right?

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kruzelcFeb. 19, 14 8:10 PM

DHS and TSA are two of the most useless government agencies. Do we really think we are going to guard the country at $10/hr? Fire the smurfs and go back to private security.

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esandeenFeb. 19, 14 9:16 PM

swmnguy, technically shoes & underpants were more than "booga-boogas..." - each of those incidents could have ended up a lot differently if not for, er, "wardrobe malfunctions."

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imichelleFeb. 19, 14 9:36 PM

I have no problem with the extra security. It takes maybe 10 extra minutes in line during non-holiday travel, and three extra small movements to get the shoes off, jacket off, and lap top out. So what if I leave the liquids at home, it will cost me all of $5 to replace what I use to take with me and the hotel supplies me with shampoo/conditioner/lotion.

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dogmanFeb. 19, 1410:48 PM

"The 2007 Democrats told us that the entire terrorism thing was a phony and that these folks were nothing to worry about." -- I think what you meant to say was the 'terror warning' would jump to Threat Level Orange just prior to another scandal being uncovered, another negative economic report being released or another obvious bungle by the Dubya administration making the news

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DufferHFeb. 19, 1411:40 PM

Since when are shoe bombs a "new" threat? We've been down this road before.

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