Remote-Control Toys Face Airport Crackdown

Fun's over; gadgets could be detonators
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2007 3:06 AM CDT
Passengers wait at a TSA screening check point at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport, Saturday, June 30, 2007. U.S. airports and mass transit systems will tighten security in response to apparent...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Remote-control toys in carry-on luggage will come under intensive new scrutiny at the nation's airports, officials from the Transportation Security Administration warned yesterday. The crackdown reflects terror intelligence from a number of sources, including a video from a since-arrested Egyptian college student in Florida describing how to convert the toys into detonators for use against "infidels."

Remote-control toys might have been used already by terrorists in Sri Lanka and India, noted one official. Parents and their children will also be subject to more extensive searches at airports, cautioned an agency spokesman."We know al-Qaida uses children, babies and old people, so you can't predict what a terrorist looks like," he said.