Apparent bomb plot puts airports on alert

Apparent bomb plot puts airports on alert

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Extra security measures will be in place at all

airports, large and small

WASHINGTON – There will be heightened cargo screening and additional security at airports in the United States following the discovery overseas of two packages containing bombs that were in transit to the United States. Those heightened measures would include at Stewart Airport at Newburgh and Westchester County Airport at White Plains.
They may be visible while others will not, the Department of Homeland Security said Friday.
President Obama Friday afternoon said the two packages did, in fact, contain explosive materials. He said they were addressed to Jewish synagogues in Chicago.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said based on “close cooperation” among US government agencies and foreign allies and partners, authorities were able to identify and examine two suspicious packages, one in London and the other in Dubai. Both originated from Yemen, he said.
As a result of security precautions, additional measures were taken regarding flights at Newark Liberty and Philadelphia International Airports, Gibbs said.
President Obama was notified of a potential terrorist threat at 10:30 p.m. Thursday and is receiving regular updates, Gibbs said.

“Passengers should continue to expect an unpredictable mix of security layers that include explosives trace detection, advanced imaging technology, canine teams and pat downs, among others,” according to the Homeland Security statement. “As always, we remind the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to local law enforcement.”
Rabbi Yacov Borenstein of Poughkeepsie said terrorism is a worldwide problem, as is evidenced by the current events.
“The only thing that we can do is be more cautious, more alert,” said. “On our part, what we can also do is increase our actions with goodness and kindness and make the world a better place so terrorism will have no place, because the more good you do, the more light you bring to the world, the more the world looks as a better place and nobody is going to want to do these kinds of things.”

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