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US issues warning about shoe bombs on airplanes bound for US

Published on Feb 20, 2014 7:08 AM
Travellers are seen at John F. Kennedy International airport in the Queens borough of New York, on Feb 14, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States (US) authorities issued a warning on Wednesday to airlines flying to the US to watch out for militants who may have hidden bombs in their shoes, US government sources said.

The warning came from the Department of Homeland Security, the sources said, and it is consistent with concerns security agencies have about militants trying to smuggle explosives onto airplanes in shoes, cosmetics or liquids.

The sources said the warning principally applied to flights originating overseas and heading for the US, rather than domestic flights or planes headed overseas from the US.

However, some sources said the warnings did not mean that the US had specific intelligence indicating a plot to use a shoe bomb overseas was in progress. One source said the alert was being issued "out of an abundance of caution". A second source said the alert was "not a big deal."

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