Terrorists are plotting to blow up five passenger planes flying between European cities as part of a Christmas “spectacular,” according to a British newspaper report.
“Everyone is expecting something catastrophic very soon,” a source told the Sunday Express. “We’ve been told that five planes are being targeted in a high-profile hit before Christmas. They’ve been waiting for the big one.”
London authorities were the first to uncover the threat, which would involve midair bombings, a source told The Post.
“There is a credible threat that they’re concerned about,’’ another source said. “They’ve known about it for a while.”
Airport security sources told the Sunday Express that Islamic radicals plan to smuggle bombs onto the planes in carry-on luggage.
“That’s a common theme that’s out there,’’ the first Post source noted.
Due to the threat, British airport officials may require devices such as smartphones and iPads to be placed in checked luggage.
Cellphones can be used as bombs or bomb triggers, and nonmetallic devices can be hidden inside them.
The plot, the newspaper said, is believed to involve smuggling bombs onto planes bound for European cities.
“The threat is aimed at Europe,” the Sunday Express reported, adding, “The US has improved their security over the summer, but we have not.’’
The report quoted security experts warning that the attacks might be carried out by “sleepers” — converts to Islam who live in Western countries. Some may even be women who see themselves “at the forefront of attempts to change the world,” a terrorism expert told the newspaper. By Rebecca Harshbarger [NY Post]