Sources: Airlines warned to beware of possible shoe bombs
The shoes used in a failed attempt to blow up a passenger plane in December 2001 are displayed at a 9/11 exhibit in 2011
February 19th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Sources: Airlines warned to beware of possible shoe bombs

By Evan Perez and Jim Sciutto

The U.S. government has warned airlines to pay particular attention to the possibility of terrorists attempting to hide explosives in shoes, a result of new intelligence, according to two people familiar with the situation.

The officials stressed there is no specific threat or known plot.

Intelligence collected by the United States and other countries has indicated terror groups have been working on new shoe-bomb designs, the sources said Wednesday.

That knowledge prompted the Department of Homeland Security to warn airlines to be on the lookout for possible explosives hidden in shoes on flights from overseas to the United States, they said.

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  1. Karl Turtinen

    Hi, there in the USA!

    This kind of fatalism by using shoes to plan a kind of attack unknowing place shows todays the situation of world.
    The name like ASEMS which was printed these shoes maybe a red-pine for inspirations these productions like
    attackers or aim or group home-place or nothing else etc.
    But the most important point in every mind should be like a American sherif a few mounths ago: we want donate money if
    you have not a pair of shoe. Being a kind of friend everyone I have got every moment and every place the quit of informations which means hundreds of places safing many lifes without being like a hero.

    Honour the United State of America
    Yours, Karl Turtinen

    February 21, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  2. dajowi

    Why do we inconvenience everyone when the preponderance of evidence has established that it is people who practice islam who are the terrorists who threaten our skies? It's not little old ladies in wheelchairs or Chinese students, nor Methodists.

    It's time to start profiling those who come from muslim dominated countries Those that are going to muslim dominated countries. Those who are of middle eastern or African descent. And anyone who raises an eyebrow.

    It's time for common sense. Something that the U.S. seems to be in short supply of.

    February 20, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Reply

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