TSA warns of surgically implanted bombs

July 6, 2011 at 12:10 PM
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WASHINGTON, July 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is warning airlines that terrorists could implant bombs into passengers' bodies to evade detection.

The fear could lead to even more intrusive screening at airports, the agency tells the Los Angeles Times.

New intelligence suggests terrorist groups are seriously considering surgical insertion of explosive materials under the skin, where existing scanners cannot detect them, said TSA spokesman Nicholas Kimball.

"These measures are designed to be unpredictable, so passengers should not expect to see the same activity at every international airport," he said. "Measures may include interaction with passengers, in addition to the use of other screening methods such as patdowns and the use of enhanced tools and technologies."

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