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Terrorists may use surgically implanted bombs

2011-07-15

Queen’s University terrorism expert Anthony Seaboyer is available to talk about reports from U.S. security officials about the threat of terrorists using surgically implanted bombs to blow up a commercial flight.

U.S. authorities have warned their counterparts abroad as well as airline officials about the new threat and are taking steps to boost security.

“The potential impact is huge. These bombs can’t be caught by a traditional body search and if the terrorists use non-metallic materials it won’t be found by a metal detector. There may be a way to spot a bomb inside a terrorist’s body (depending on what materials the bombs are made of) because the U.S. and other countries are introducing high-tech body scans,” says Mr. Seaboyer, who is an expert in international security and a researcher at the Queen’s University Centre for International and Defence Policy. “This has the potential to be a huge headache for airline travelers (in terms of long lineups and extra security costs) and airport security officials.”

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Christina Archibald at 613-533-2877 or Christina.Archibald@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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