An airline passenger holds his shoes and has an unloosened belt while waiting to go through an Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint.
(Photo11: Erik S. Lesser AP)
WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) - The Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert to airlines about a possible shoe bomb threat on flights entering the U.S. from abroad, a department official said.
The bulletin, which did not outline a specific plot, is not related to an earlier alert linked to the Winter Olympic Games involving possible devices concealed in toothpaste tubes.
"Out of an abundance of caution, DHS regularly shares relevant information with domestic and international partners about relevant threat information as we work to meet our mission of keeping the traveling public safe,'' the DHS official said in a written statement. "These types of regular communications are part of that important priority.''
A shoe bomb was one of the reasons for tightening airline security after the terrorist hijackings Sept. 11, 2001. A passenger, Richard Reid, tried to detonate explosives in his shoes on a flight from Paris to Miami in December 2001. But other passengers subdued him and he is serving a life sentence in prison.
By Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY; Contributing: Bart Jansen
You may also like...
Underwater Secret: Hidden caves beneath Weeki Wachee
Rollercoaster Rescue: 16 stranded after ride malfunction
Car Crash tragedy: USF students killed in interstate wrong-way crash
Hungry Sinkhole: Hole opens beneath Corvette museum, swallows 8 cars
Be my McValentine: Romantic reservations at McDonald's
Card Game Murder: Man sentenced for Magic: The Gathering killing
Treason? Secret Service visits candidate who says Obama should hang
Sasquatch on Tour: "Dead Bigfoot" on display in Texas
Here kitty, kitty: Lion escapes enclosure at Pasco sanctuary
#ShortYellows: Florida quietly shortened yellow lights
Kittens shot: Officer shoots kittens in front of children
Popular photo galleries:
Faces of Meth: Devastating before and after photos of meth abusers
Trayvon Martin Shooting: Trayvon Martin crime scene photos and George Zimmerman injury photos
Hooters Winners: Winners of the 2013 Hooters swimsuit pageant
Rejected: Funny Florida license plates rejected by the DMV***warning graphic***
Deadly sinkhole: Home collapses, man dies in giant sinkhole
Florida Sex Offenders: Look up sex offenders in any Florida neighborhood here
Restaurant Inspections: Look up inspection reports for any Florida restaurant here