January 5, 2010

UK to tighten airport security after failed bombing

Posted: 08:55 PM ET

London, England (CNN) - London's Heathrow Airport will introduce more body scanners within weeks, and all British airports must have equipment to detect explosives by the end of the year, British Home Secretary Alan Johnson said Tuesday.

Johnson - whose responsibilities include domestic security - was speaking in response to the failed effort to blow up a plane en route to Detroit, Michigan, on Christmas Day. The suspect in the thwarted attack, Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, had studied in Britain.

The British government had no evidence AbdulMutallab, 23, of Nigeria, had been planning an attack, and believes he was "radicalized" after he left Britain, Johnson said.

British security services investigated AbdulMutallab's communications with UK-based individuals they had under observation while he was living in London, but judged that he did not then pose a danger.

Those individuals were among 2,000 terror suspects British security agencies currently keep watch over, according to a senior British counter-terrorism source.

Johnson said the government was directing airports to carry out more random searches of passengers because metal detectors cannot spot explosives without metal parts.

British airports will also use more sniffer dogs to try to find explosives, Johnson said in a speech to the House of Commons.

"It is an issue of grave concern that the explosive device was not detected by airport security in either Lagos (Nigeria) or Amsterdam (Netherlands)," which AbdulMutallab passed through en route to Detroit, Johnson said.

The government is also considering "additional targeted passenger profiling," Johnson said.


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larry   January 5th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

Somebody needs to get on top of this yemeni lng tanker coming into Boston harbor by the first of february. We need to get on it now and not wait until it arrives.Ihave heard nothing about it except from the mayor of Boston

Ted   January 7th, 2010 1:15 pm ET

There is no absolute security and safety. We are spending billions on airport security, however, how many would be terrorists were stopped before they boarded a plane?
The shoe bomber and the butt-bomber were both caught in the air and only because they both could not ignite the bomb they carried, no thanks to an air marshall or any fancy gadget.
Yes, we should limit the terrorists boarding airplanes, however this hystery is nothing but a need created by those who will earn millions by selling us useless new gadgets. The terrorists are already working on means to cheat the body scanner.

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