Russian officials try to ease concerns over Sochi Olympics security after toothpaste bomb warnings

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

Discussion regarding tubes of toothpaste continue today in Moscow, since they and other liquid materials have made it past security without any issues there. That has raised concern that toothpaste tubs may be used for bombs.

"I believe that warnings about Sochi, about Russia were superfluous, and the threat levels in Sochi are just like they are in Boston or London," Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak told the Associated Press. "I would like to reiterate that security in Sochi will be no worse than in New York, London, Washington or Boston."

Discussions focused on tubes of toothpaste. According to Reuters, a senior U.S. security official in Washington issued a warning that they may be used as bombs.

Today, some air travelers heading to the Sochi Olympics through Moscow have brought toothpaste and other toiletries past security checkpoints without any problems. However, there is still supposed to be a ban on liquids in carry-on luggage.

The no-liquids rule applies to passengers departing from a Russian airport. According to Russian Transport Ministry spokeswoman Nataliya Nesterova, it was up to airports to make sure it is enforced.

The Opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics will be tomorrow, Feb. 7.

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