CARIBBEAN: US official warns of bomb risk on flights from Puerto Rico

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CARIBBEAN: US official warns of bomb risk on flights from Puerto Rico
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 15: Congressman Michael McCaul speaks onstage at "Artists Role in Homeland Security" during the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 15, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jon Shapley/Getty Images for SXSW)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 15:  Congressman Michael McCaul speaks onstage at "Artists Role in Homeland Security" during the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 15, 2014 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Jon Shapley/Getty Images for SXSW)
 Congressman Michael McCaul (Photo by Jon Shapley/Getty Images for SXSW)

CARIBBEAN 360 – Against the backdrop of suspicions that an explosive device brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt on October 31, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has voiced concerns that flights from Puerto Rico to the US mainland may be vulnerable to having bombs placed on board.

Representative Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican, said on Fox News Sunday: “In Puerto Rico, we have many cases of prosecution of corruption, of putting drugs and weapons on airplanes inbound to the United States.

“It wouldn’t take a whole lot to put a bomb on one of those airplanes as well. And I think that’s a main thing from the homeland security standpoint, we’re really worried about these planes coming into the United States,” he added.

The lawmaker was commenting on domestic security threats following the loss of the Airbus 321 that crashed in Sinai killing all 224 people on board.

Sinai Province, a group affiliated to Islamic State, has repeatedly claimed that it brought down Metrojet Flight 9268, flying from the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to the Russian city of St Petersburg.

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