reports that U.S. intelligence is warning that there are at least a dozen terrorists with flight training who have infiltrated foreign flight crews or have learned how to take over cargo planes. Several of them are French nationals. This is why the U.S. cancelled recent flights from France and is requiring armed guards on some international flights.

U.S. officials will decide which planes will carry armed undercover guards on a “flight-by-flight basis.” Homeland Security spokesman Dennis Murphy says, “We will notify airlines when we have information on a specific flight.”

Dennis Powell quotes Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge as saying, “We are asking international air carriers to take this protective action as part of our ongoing effort to make air travel safe for Americans and visitors alike. I have said that we will take specific steps to increase security whenever necessary, and with this action we are doing just that.”

If you’re traveling during the holidays, don’t take along a Farmer?s Almanac to read. The FBI sent a bulletin to 18,000 police nationwide telling them to watch out for people reading almanacs, because terrorists could use them “to assist with target selection and pre-operational planning.” They say the useful information in them includes details about cities and states and information about waterways, bridges, dams, reservoirs, tunnels, buildings and landmarks, often illustrated with photographs and maps.

Could there be a shootout on your next flight abroad? Or will increased security make terrorists change their plans about using planes again?

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