UK. US airports on alert over ‘plots to bring down jet’ with undetectable bomb; Alert at Entebbe, Uganda; Pakistan International Airlines having trouble hiring aircraft, crew

The new measures are likely to lead to longer queues, delays and increased checks at airports, as well as an influx of sky marshals on some transatlantic routes

Britain’s airports are on terror alert amid fears Islamist groups are working on an undetectable “stealth bomb” which could be implanted inside an extremist’s body to bring down an airliner.

Heightened precautions were brought in at terminals around the UK this morning after reports that two terror networks are trying to produce a new explosive, which may have already been tested by militants in Syria.

It is feared the groups may be putting together a “non-metallic” device, which could potentially be surgically-implanted inside a terrorist’s body and would be almost invisible to current security checks…

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Same deal in the US: America on alert over ‘plot to bring down jet’ as White House considers security overhaul at US airports: The Department of Homeland Security is demanding increased security at overseas airports linking to America after indications of a joint plot between groups in Yemen and Syria.

U.S. officials were reported to be concerned about the al-Qa’ida-affiliate group the Al Nusrah Front in Syria, which they said has teamed up with Yemen-based Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula

That latter group was behind the “underwear bomb” which failed to detonate in a plane over Detroit in 2009. Now it is feared they could be working on bombs which would be implanted inside would be terrorists to evade security…

Damage at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport following an attack by the Taliban

Meanwhile, Pakistan International Airlines struggling to hire planes, crew following airport attacks:The country’s embattled flag-carrier is struggling to hire planes and crew, a company spokesman said on Thursday, following deadly incidents at airports in Karachi and Peshawar.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) inducted two Airbus A320s into its fleet earlier this week and is expected to take on two more in the coming months.

But its efforts to get planes on “wet lease,” hiring both aircraft and crew from another operator, have been hit by security fears after two serious incidents.

Last month, in a brazen commando-style attack, 10 militants stormed Karachi international airport sparking fierce all-night clashes with security forces that left 38 people dead, including the attackers…

U.S. warns of threat to Uganda’s Entebbe airport within hours: (Reuters) – The United States warned its citizens in Uganda on Thursday about a “specific threat” of an attack within hours on Entebbe International Airport, which is near the capital Kampala, according to a message on the U.S. Embassy website.

It said information from Uganda’s police indicated that the attack could take place between 9 p.m and 11 p.m. local time (1800 GMT and 2000 GMT) on Thursday, adding that citizens planning to travel at that time might consider reviewing their arrangements.

As one of the countries that contribute forces to an African Union peacekeeping mission battling the Islamist militant group al Shabaab in Somalia, Uganda has suffered militant attacks in recent years, and al Shabaab has threatened more…

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