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Security experts are split over whether inside-the-body suicide bomb is a serious threat; the French say they may not take any chances, and warn that security measures at airports may become more intrusive
Security authorities around the world continue to assess the repercussions from the incident with the al Qaeda suicide bomber who tried to assassinate a Saudi minister by detonating an improvised explosive device hidden inside his body with a cellphone. According to the London Times, French antiterrorism officials will likely recommend using inspection techniques reserved for drug mules to catch this new threat to aviation security.
frustrating, and time consuming if security adjusts to this new threat.
As well as taking off shoes and handing in liquids, passengers could be subjected to X-ray screening or be required to hand in all electronic devices because they could be used as detonators, police commanders told Le Figaro newspaper.
Full X-ray scans, which are used by customs officers for examining suspected drug smugglers, would cause huge disruptions for air travelers, said a senior Interior Ministry official. "It is unthinkable when you think about the frequency with which some people fly. The health risks would be too high," he told Le Figaro.
The Ministry declined comment on possible new measures, which would be decided by Brice Hortefeux, the Interior Minister.