On Friday and days after the credible threat from US Homeland Security officials that terrorists may be using travel-size tubes of toothpaste to assemble a bomb, reporters from the Associated Press were able to smuggle these small containers past airport security in Moscow.
As US officials from the Department of Homeland Security, State Department, and Federal Bureau of Investigation express concern of a terrorist plot tied to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, the DHS instituted a ban on all liquids in carry-on luggage for flights to Russia. The 'toothpaste alert' has spread into Russia, where airport screeners are supposedly on the lookout for liquids in carry-ons.
While at the Moscow airport, the Associate Press reports that six AP employees from various parts of the world were able to breach Russian security with small tubes of toothpaste in their luggage. This calls into question the level of security which Russia is providing to protect those in attendance at the Olympics.
Experts in security and counter-terrorism expressed concern last week that Russia lacked the ability to provide the level of protection necessary to keep the Olympic Games safe. As the official ceremony begins this evening, the world watches in hopes that Russia has the capability to thwart a would-be terror attack.