Nightly News   |  February 05, 2014

Feds Issue Warning to Planes Flying to Russia

Recent intelligence suggests toothpaste tubes could be used to smuggle explosives onto flights to Russia. U.S. officials say, however, there is no indication of any specific plot or target.

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>>> one day before the start of the competition at the winter olympics in sochi, there is a new warning from the u.s. government tonight about possible terrorism. not at the games, but on flights going into russia . our justice correspondent pete williams has the details from our washington newsroom. good evening.

>> reporter: ann, good evening. u.s. officials emphasize this is focused entirely on airline flights to russia , not on flights to or inside the united states . and it's partly result of extra scrutiny in advance of the olympics. those familiar with the advisory say it's on recent intelligence, what's often called chatter that specifically refers to toothpaste tubes and similar containers that could be used to smuggle explosives onto flights to russia . most of those originate outside of u.s. no word so far on any plans to impose new restrictions on checked bags or carry-ons. the russians earlier banned all liquids from carry-ons. u.s. officials say there is no indication of any specific plot or target. they say this instead comes under