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Feb 08, 2014
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Olympic Fears: Liquid Explosive Threat to Airlines
Feb 08, 2014
Between Feb 4-7, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
Flash messages to subscriber mobile devices:

Pegasus Airline flight from Ukraine forced to land in Istanbul, Turkey after hijack attempt. Reports indicate hijacker demanded divert to Sochi. Monitoring...

TSA bans carry-on of all liquids, gels, aerosols & powders of any size on flights between US and Russian Fed due to credible terrorism threat. Monitoring...

TSA increasing scrutiny of airline passengers & carry on items, and in particular those bound for Sochi Winter Olympics, due to terrorism threat. Developing...

Overnight: Updated travel warning issued for Israel, Gaza and W. Bank. Warns of threats and risks assoc with travel to these areas.

What You Need To Know

On multiple occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via text messages to their mobile devices regarding the heightened threat environment surrounding the Sochi Winter Olympics and the resulting impact on airline travel here in the U.S..

Earlier this week the Dept. of Homeland Security began by warning U.S. and foreign airlines traveling to Russia during the Olympics of the need to be on the lookout for toothpaste and other small toiletry containers which some intelligence indicates may be used to hold ingredients that could be used to construct a bomb aboard an aircraft. Not only were the airlines warned, but security screenings at U.S. and foreign airports was ramped up significantly.

So serious was the threat intelligence that late this week the Transportation Security Administration completely banned all liquids, gels, aerosols & powders of any size or type within carry-on baggage on flights between the U.S. and Russia, as well as other major gateway cities, until at least the end of the Olympics.

Media outlets are reporting that the threat intelligence is, in part, linked to the arrest of two Chechen women in France who may have revealed elements of an ongoing plot.

Readers are cautioned that while it may seem foolish, or even humorous, for authorities to be targeting such innocuous items as tubes of toothpaste or shampoo, this is serious business given the field craft and methods actively employed by terrorists worldwide. While a vast majority of the public's understanding of explosives is limited to what is portrayed in movies and on television, liquid and gel types of explosives are very real and in wide use in mining and demolition applications. Perhaps most troubling is some are relatively simple to make.

As an example, triacetone triperoxide (TATP) can be made from readily available substances like hydrogen peroxide, acetone and acid. In fact, one can easily find the ingredients necessary to produce a number of blasting agents at your local grocery and hardware stores. All it takes is motivation and a little knowledge. And as liquid explosives are very volatile, elaborate or powerful detonators are not necessary, making detection by airport security that much more difficult.

Readers may recall al Qaeda's foiled 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot targeting at least 10 airliners traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States and Canada. The plan was to bring down the aircraft using liquid explosives carried on board in toiletry containers and drink bottles. It was this particular plot which led to the initial ban on carry-on liquids and gels throughout the commercial aviation sector.

There have also been several other similar plots revealed over the years, including ...

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China Planning Second Air Defense Zone
Over S. China Sea
Feb 08, 2014
What You Need To Know

Tensions in the Western Pacific are again increasing following reports that Beijing will soon announce the establishment of a new air defense identification zone (ADIZ), this time over the disputed Paracel and Spratly Islands located in the South China Sea.

As previously reported by Threat Journal on multiple occassions, China is increasingly flexing it's rapidly growing military muscle by staking larger and larger territorial claims in the waters off the country's sizeable East Coast.

In January, China implemented a new law ordering that vessels obtain permission from Chinese authorities before fishing or surveying in two thirds of the 1.5 million square mile South China Sea. The fishing grounds are used by Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and several other countries in the region.

The Philippines and Vietnam condemned the move, with the U.S. calling the new restrictions "provocative and potentially dangerous." Last November China declared an air defense identification zone over a large portion of the East China Sea which included the Japanese Senkaku Islands that Beijing claims as its own.

In May of last year, China began demanding sovereignty over the southern Japanese Ryukyu Islands, of which Okinawa is the largest and their obvious intended target. In an article appearing in The People's Daily, the country's most-read newspaper, the authors argued that the Ryukyu were a vassal state of China before being annexed by Japan at the end of the 19th century, and that Tokyo's defeat in World War II should have prompted the return of the islands to Beijing.

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Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.

Important USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

See all USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings HERE.

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