Not only did the recent Paris and Sydney terrorist attacks increase security checks at airports, but then Al-Qaeda published an online “recipe” for detection-proof bombs in their magazine called Inspire. Now, federal authorities ordered TSA to increase the random searches of travelers and carry-on bags at U.S. airports, along with enhanced screening at top airports as well.
The online publication provided a guide to making the explosives, getting through security, and even instructed suicide bombers on where to sit on the plane. Experts have said the bomb-making instructions are highly sophisticated and could pose a problem, especially in smaller airports that don’t employ high-tech body-imaging security devices.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the change Monday, and said “real world events call for increased vigilance in homeland security.”
Last week the State Department updated its Worldwide Caution travel alert to all Americans traveling abroad.
“Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness,” the alert said.