Suspicious packages found on planes across the country

Suspicious packages found on planes across the country
CNN -The suspicious package from Yemen had wires and a circuit board, a law enforcement source said

POSTED: Friday, October 29, 2010 - 1:54pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 4:44pm

(WVLA) – Suspicious packages were found today on planes in two locations across the country. U.S officials believe the plot was organized by al Queda in the Arabian Peninsula, also known as the AQAP.

One of the packages was found on a UPS plane at East Midlands Airport in central England, contained what looked like a toner cartridge with white powder and wires coming out of it. Another package was found at a FedEx facility in Dubai.

Both packages originated in Yemen and may have been sent by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is based in the country.

The detection of the package caused inspectors to double check all cargo of arriving cargo flights in Newark, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a UPS truck in New York.

Sources say a similar package has been discovered in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, the source said.

A full-scale investigation is being conducted to find out if this was a dry run to challenge the security of the terminals here in the United States.

As a result of this, passengers will be subject to more extensive screening before boarding airplanes. The Department of Homeland Security say they are taking necessary steps to enhance security. Including heightened cargo screening and additional security at airports.

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.

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