CIA thwarts attack by Al Qaeda to bring down a plane on the anniversary of the death of Bin Laden
Buenos Aires, May 8, 2012
An al Qaeda plot to blow up a U.S. airliner with a ‘undetectable’ viral bomb to commemorate the first anniversary of Osama Bin Laden death was thwarted by the CIA.
According to experts it is an enhancement of the underwear bomb that did not explode in a plane over Detroit on Christmas 2009.
This new bomb is also designed to be used in the underwear of a passenger, but this time Al Qaeda developed another detonation mode.
The FBI is examining the last bomb to see if they could have passed through airport security and downed a plane, officials said.
The device does not contain metal, which means that it probably could have passed through an airport metal detector.
But it was unclear whether the new body scanners used at many airports is detected.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, said yesterday that “he had been informed about an ‘undetectable’ bomb on an American plane.”
There were no immediate plans to change security procedures at U.S. airports.
However, a senior police source said that “other similar devices could be ready for deployment.”