WASHINGTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) — The Homeland Security Department is warning airlines to be on alert for explosives hidden in shoes.
Homeland Security says it regularly shares relevant information with domestic and international partners, but it declined to discuss specifics of a warning sent to airlines.
Earlier this month Homeland Security warned airlines with flights to Russia to be on the lookout for explosive devices possibly hidden inside toothpaste. The Transportation Security Administration then banned passengers from bringing any liquids in their carry-on luggage on nonstop flights from the U.S. to Russia. That warning became public just days before the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
"I think that when you hear a threat with this amount of specificity, they are looking at shoes, they are warning about shoes in carryon bags, it means there is intel that points to this," Anthony Amore lecturer, Homeland Security, Fisher College said.
In December of 2001, Amore was an FAA special agent, and was the lead responding agent at Logan Airport when would be shoe bomber Richard Reid was taken into custody.
Reid tried to detonate a shoe bomb on a Paris to Miami flight, just months after 9/11.
Other passengers stopped him, and the flight was diverted to Boston.
"It was shocking, it was almost surreal to see the fears that everybody was articulating that they were going to keep tying to attack us, were coming true," he said.