Former Baywatch actress Donna D’Errico has accused airport security for singling her out for a full body scan because of her looks. The former Playboy Playmate, says she was humiliated and “outraged” by a security guard at Los Angeles Airport who “smirked” after she was ordered to undergo the search.
A suspect device discovered on an Air Berlin flight from Namibia to Germany was a dummy used to test security officials in Germany have confirmed. At a press conference earlier today German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere explained the device was a “real-test suitcase” designed to analyse security.
Airplane passengers are statistically as likely to be killed by full-body scanner as a terrorist’s bomb, according to a leading US scientist. Peter Rez, from Arizona State University, said the probability of dying from radiation from a body scanner and that of being killed in a terror attack are both about one in 30 million.
A suspected bomb with a running clock has been found on an Air Berlin flight from Namibia to Germany. Namibian police intercepted the suspicious object with a detonator and a running clock found in luggage. The discovery follows yesterday’s tip-off that a planned terror attack against Germany was being planned for the end of this month.
French interior minister Brice Hortefeux has said one of the two parcel bombs discovered on Friday was just 17 minutes from exploding. Two packages were sent from Yemen, with one intercepted in Dubai before the other was discovered at East Midlands Airport in the United Kingdom.
Officials at the International Air Transport Association have warned governments around the world not to act unilaterally, as the trade body seeks to minimise the fall out from the Yemeni bomb plot. “Effective solutions are not developed unilaterally or in haste,” said director general Giovanni Bisignani.
Passenger vetting is to be introduced on all flights to and from the UK in the wake of last Friday’s attempted terror attack. Home secretary Theresa May confirmed universal pre-departure checks will now include a “no-fly list” for terrorist suspects, as well as a longer list of people who will require extra vetting before they are allowed to fly.
Security officials in the United States have identified Saudi-born extremist Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri in connection with a failed attempt to fly bombs on cargo planes. Considered one of al-Qaida’s most radical adherents, al-Asiri is also believed to be behind the 2009 Christmas Day plot which saw Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab board a passenger aircraft with a bomb in his body cavity.
French security forces are on high-alert this morning following information from Saudi Arabia suggesting al-Qaeda is preparing an imminent attack on the country. Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said information from Saudi intelligence agencies suggested Europe and “France in particular” were in danger.