A toothpaste alert has been made public this week after the threat of smuggled explosives hidden within toothpaste tubes was confirmed on Russia to U.S. flights. The national toothpaste bomb warning was provided by law enforcement officials and issued for all airlines with flights incoming from Russia, stating that terrorists may be attempting to bring veritable bombs on board a plane concealed within cosmetic compartments. The Inquisitr shares this Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014, that while no specific threats are present at this time, the upcoming Olympics has all security on increased watch.
This toothpaste alert is said by one unidentified government law force authority to be a “very real threat.” With the Sochi Olympics on everyone’s mind, the source added that the security for potential terrorist attacks needs to be at an all-time high, and that new and subtle ways of bringing potentially smuggled explosives on board — even using tiny toothpaste tubes — is an actual possibility that must be prepared for.
“It’s real. It’s real and we got very good information,” an unnamed government source cited to a national media outlet this Wednesday. “It’s based on a credible source. We’re taking it seriously so are other countries taking it very seriously.”
Because the warning on these “toothpaste bombs” was not formally revealed to the public, the security officer asked to remain anonymous in this safety announcement disclosure. At this time, it is believed that the primary threat would be from flights coming to the U.S. from Russia. Transportation officials in Russia have also reportedly heard of this toothpaste alert, with even tighter strictures being placed on the banning of liquids in carry-on luggage and personal items.
“Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s subcommittee on Terrorism and Intelligence, said this week that American spectators to the Sochi Olympics would be “reasonably safe” but said he would not risk going himself. King said he has confidence in how Russians are handling security, but has some reservations “because they are not sharing enough intelligence” about possible threats inside the country.”
“We are getting some information about what’s happening outside of Russia, some external threats, that type thing, or potential threats. I don’t want to overstate that,” he added on the toothpaste bomb warning.
From previous terrorist threats ranging from detonators hidden in one’s shoe to small knives being carried on board a plane, this toothpaste alert of potentially smuggled explosives concealed within small cosmetic tubes isn’t that far-fetched of a dangerous possibility.