Air Travel Officials Keeping An Eye Out For Surgically Implanted Threats

It’s come a long way from underwear and shoe bombs, as authorities now say they’re focusing on explosives that could be surgically concealed inside someone’s body. Tonight is a year from when President Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden, which has caused security at airports in Europe and the Middle East to be stepped up.

ABC News says authorities are on the look out for surgically implanted dangers, fearing that a terrorist will try to explode a body bomb on U.S.-bound aircraft.

And lest you think it can’t be done, well, the experts say the body is a veritable ideal location for explosives to hang out in.

“The surgeon would open the abdominal cavity and literally implant the explosive device in amongst the internal organs,” Dr. Mark Melrose, a New York emergency medicine specialist, explained to ABC News.

This isn’t news to authorities, as John Pistole, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, said they were treating this kind of information seriously last year. They’ve been warned that al Qaeda has been working on bombs with no metal parts in order to get past security at airports.

There isn’t any credible information about an impending attack, however, so it will likely be the same old hassle as ever at airport security.

“We have no indication of any specific, credible threats or plots against the U.S. tied to the one-year anniversary of bin Laden’s death,” Department of Homeland Security spokesman Peter Boogaard said in a statement on Monday.

Officials Watch for Terrorists With Body Bombs on US-Bound Planes [ABC News]