The FBI and Homeland Security have issued, on Friday 09/02/2011,  a nationwide warning about Al Qaeda threats involving small airplanes, just days before the anniversary of The 9/11 2001 terrorist attacks.

Authorities said there was no specific or credible terrorist threat for the 10-year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. But they have stepped up security as a precaution.

According to a law enforcement bulletin issued Friday, ahead of the travel-heavy Labor Day weekend, Al Qaeda was considering ways to attack using airplanes as recently as early this year.

The alert said terrorists have considered renting private planes and loading them with explosives.

“Al Qaeda and its affiliates have maintained an interest in obtaining aviation training, particularly on small aircraft, and in recruiting Western individuals for training in Europe or the United States, although we do not have current, credible information or intelligence of an imminent attack,” according to the bulletin obtained by the Associated Press.

After the 2001 attacks, the government grounded thousands of crop dusters amid fears the planes could be used in an attack.

In 2002, USA officials said they uncovered an Al Qaeda plot to fly a small plane into a U.S. warship. In 2003, officials uncovered a plot to crash an explosives-laden plane into the U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan.

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