Toothpaste bombs threaten U.S. airlines flying to Sochi Olympics

Feb 5 2014, 8:28pm CST | by , in News | Other Stuff

Toothpaste bombs threaten U.S. airlines flying to Sochi Olympics
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Toothpaste tubes containing explosive ingredients can bring down a plane.

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia has sparked a debate among lawmakers in the U.S.

Although President Barack Obama declared that Sochi is safe, security officials are working twice as hard to thwart the terrorist threats. An Islamic terrorist group based in North Caucasus has vowed to disrupt the games. Its leader, Doku Umarov, also known as the Russian Osama bin Laden, detested the games, calling it a "satanic dance on the bones of their ancestors."

Today, a new threat has reached the Department of Homeland Security.

A senior U.S. official confirmed to ABC News that terrorists could use toothpaste tubes to detonate airlines traveling to Russia for the Olympic Games. The source of the intelligence was not revealed. The Department of Homeland Security explained that it regularly shares relevant information with domestic and international partners, including those associated with international events such as the Sochi Olympics.

"While we are not aware of a specific threat to the homeland at this time, this routine communication is an important part of our commitment to making sure we meet that priority," the official told the publication. "As always, our security apparatus includes a number of measures, both seen and unseen, and DHS will continue to adjust security measures to fit an ever evolving threat environment."

Meanwhile, the Russian goverment has been informed about the threat.

A toothepaste tube could contain bomb ingredients. It can bring down a plane. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration currently allows luggages to carry small toothpaste containers at around 3.4 ounces.

United Airlines is the official airline of the U.S. Olympic team, and it has scheduled chartered flights to Sochi. Delta Airlines, on the other hand, is the only U.S. carrier with a direct flight to Russia.

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