US issues terror alert on thermos on planes

PTI Washington | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on December 24, 2010

The US Homeland Security has issued a terror alert on use of thermos on planes, saying terrorists might conceal explosives inside the insulated beverage containers.

“The possible tactics terrorists might use include the concealment of explosives inside insulated beverage containers, so in the coming days, passengers flying within and to the US may notice additional security measures related to insulated beverage containers,” said the Transportation Security Administration in a statement issued on Thursday.

TSA is responsible for maintenance of security at all US airports. US Homeland Security regularly alerts the law enforcement about evolving terror tactics as counter terror officials learn about them through intelligence exchanges.

While such items are not being banned from travel, TSA Officers have been trained to detect a variety of threats including the concealment of explosives in common items, the statement said which has been issued in the midst of a heavy travel season.

The notice is based on intelligence and specific to insulated beverage containers, it said.

TSA, however, clarified that there is no such specific threat and the measure has been adopted as a matter of precaution as the security agencies keep on updating the terror alert.

“Passengers may observe additional security measures related to insulated beverage containers. TSA is carefully monitoring information related to terrorist tactics and working with our international partners to share information and security best practices,” it said.

TSA will continue to deploy risk—based security measures and work with its international, federal, state, local and private sector partners to protect the travelling public.

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Published on December 24, 2010
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