U.S. intelligence reports suggest that terrorists are more likely to try to hijack a commercial airliner or sneak explosives onboard than attempt to shoot down an aircraft with shoulder-fired missiles, the top official of the Transportation Security Administration said yesterday. “The propensity of the threat of terrorists would still be by getting on the airplane,” James M. Loy told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s aviation subcommittee. Citing the intelligence reports he receives every morning, Loy said “there are no immediate threats” from shoulder-fired missiles in the United States. But he said he still believes that the threat of terrorists using such weapons, which are easy to obtain and inexpensive, is serious. Loy made the remarks in response to questions from House lawmakers who were seeking to identify the most pressing threats to air security so they could direct funding to address the risks. Full Story
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