Remote-Controlled Toys Will Receive Extra Screening At Airports

Monday, October 1st 2007, 10:43 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Airport screeners will be taking a closer look at remote control toys in carry-on luggage due to concerns they could be used to detonate bombs, U.S. officials said Monday.

The new practice is not a result of a specific threat, according to the Transportation Security Administration. But authorities recently arrested two Florida college students and accused one of them of posting a video online with instructions on how to use a remote-controlled toy to set off a bomb.

Passengers _ including children _ carrying these toys may have to go through secondary screening.

``While not associated with a specific threat at this time, TSA is aware that remote control toys can be used to initiate devices used in terrorist attacks,'' according to Monday's press release. ``Transportation security officers have trained on this possibility and travelers may encounter additional screening when bringing remote control devices in carry-on luggage.''