Airports remain calm after Bin Laden death

By Doug Newhouse |

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released a very measured statement following the reported death of Osama bin Laden, saying there are no known specific threats to the US, while asking the travelling public to remain vigilant.

The statement reads: “TSA continually evaluates the latest threats and screening measures which are implemented based on the latest intelligence. As always, passengers may notice a variety of security measures at US airports to include the use of physical bag checks, random gate screening, explosives detection technology, canine teams and behaviour detection officers. 

“We ask the travelling public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the authorities.”

Having said this, some US airports and cities are clearly on a heightened alert status, fearing threats of retaliation, following the action taken against Bin Laden by US Navy forces in Pakistan. 

US Attorney General Eric Holder told the Reuters news agency that the country must not become complacent and speaking in the UK national press, UK Prime Minister David Cameron told The Telegraph newspaper that al-Qaeda is alive and security remains at a high level, with the UK Government advising its embassies around the world to raise their security levels.



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