So was this a thwarted terrorist attack and will this increase the number of times we have to take our shoes off in airports?

Associated Press has reported that a man has been detained at Karachi airport after electrical circuits and batteries were found in the soles of his tennis shoes.

The man concerned told investigators he bought the shoes from a market in Karachi and had no idea there were circuits inside the soles.  Ostensibly, the circuitry is for massaging the feet (sic), but batteries and circuits hidden in a shoe are reminiscent of Richard Reid, the 2001 shoe-bomber.  Pakistani police are still examining the shoes, pointing out that similar materials can be used in the construction of bombs.

Whatever the outcome of this particular investigation, it seems likely that the practice of requiring airline passengers to remove their shoes for scanning will continue and perhaps be intensified as a result of this incident.

3 thoughts on “So was this a thwarted terrorist attack and will this increase the number of times we have to take our shoes off in airports?”

  1. It is haphazard in the U.K. I wear a suit and a white skin, I am rarely bothered. If I know this so do Al Qui’da. What of P. Chambers and his £1000 fine for sending a daft tweet?

  2. UK not been terribly bombed by Al Queda or the Irish recently, we’re getting a fair bit right.

  3. Q why not arrest everyone? Hertfordshire Constabulary had the wizard wheeze of trying to fit up the innocent. 100% success rate?

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