Answer given by Ms Malmström on behalf of the Commission
In response to the recently published foiled attack, the Commission services liaised with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security with a view to exchange information on the design of the latest improvised explosive device created by the terrorist group, Al-Qaeda, in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
However, due to the still ongoing investigation by the US authorities, no immediate conclusions regarding the impact on the existing aviation security measures can yet be drawn.
Nevertheless, the Commission notes that the existing aviation security measures applied at EU airports effectively address the detection of both assembled improvised explosive devices and they also include the use of security scanners which were introduced as direct response to the previous attempt to bomb the Northwest Airlines 253 on 25 December 2009.
Meanwhile, the Commission services will continue to maintain the technical exchange on the arising threats with US authorities and continuously evaluate the potential impact on the performance of detection at EU airports.
The latest threat does not warrant the revision of the framework Decision 2002/475/JHA of the Council, but the Commission reserves the right to propose potential changes when deemed necessary.