INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Homeland Security is banning all liquids in carry-on luggage from any flight going from the United States to Russia.
This is in response to the terror threat issued from Homeland Security. The warning said terrorists might try to assemble an explosive device in flight or upon arrival at the Olympics.
Peter Beering is a terrorism expert in Indianapolis and has been involved with anti-terrorism efforts for more than a decade.
He told 24-Hour News 8 that when you compare the Winter Games to venues like the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the Boston Marathon and warm weather places and events, the advantage is actually with law enforcement, for several reasons.
“Getting to Sochi is not an easy thing to do. It’s a multi-leg trip any way you do it,” Beering said. “It’s going to involve a number of airports. Certainly you’re going to have to fly in and out of a gateway here in the US and then you’re going to have to fly in and out of a gateway on the other side of the ocean and then fly into some other third location in order to get there. That’s the advantage that the Winter Olympics have over the Summer Olympics–that they are hard to get to because they are almost always held in the mountains. Happily we know that this is really, really hard for bad guys to pull off particularly in a winter environment. There are a lot of risks about a lot of things but you look at Sochi in general and this is not the sort of thing that people in central Indiana should be concerned about.”
Beering also said that though it’s hard to avoid at the Olympics, try not to stand out when traveling abroad. Flaunting the fact you’re from the US might attract unwanted attention. You should always try and blend in.