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U.S. airports react to 9/11 'threat'

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Reuters

U.S. airports like this one in Los Angeles have further beefed up their security ahead of the September 11th anniversary.
The move follows intelligence about a vehicle bomb plot focussing on Washington and New York City.
Los Angeles International's drafted in extra police, bomb-sniffing dogs and bomb detection equipment.
It was the scheduled destination for three of the four aircraft destroyed in the September 11th attacks in 2001.
Passengers travelling just ahead of Sunday's anniversary said they hadn't considered changing their plans.
SOUNDBITE: Katarina Papadakis, air traveller ,saying (English):
"It comes for a minute, you think about it for a minute, but then you have to keep going, so no, then you have to stop thinking about this. If it happens it happens."
SOUNDBITE: Mohammed Khattab, air traveller, saying (English):
"Not all the time actually, just sometimes when there is extra security you start thinking about it more, but most of the time I just don't think about it."
SOUNDBITE: Cody Campbell, air traveller, saying (English):
"Never considered changing my plans. It always crosses my mind but I have full faith in all the security and all the precautions that we take now."
A counter-terrorism official said the threat information came from Pakistan's tribal areas.
Another U.S. official speaking anonymously said there was reason to believe the threat was linked to al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri.
Paul Chapman, Reuters