Al Qaeda have reportedly planned to blow up five passenger planes around the Christmas period.
According to the Express, the terrorist organization want to create a festive "spectacular" that has seen five European planes targeted.
The aforementioned publication has allegedly spoken to a security insider who even admitted that a ban on any hand luggage had been seriously considered by European officials.
It's believed that experts and government employees are worried that a coordinated attack on a European city is imminent.
This is because British jihadis have now been returning to the country from Syria and Iraq after fighting and working alongside militants in the Islamic State, and officials have been unable to keep track of them.
An insider went on to explain that their intelligence has gathered information that suggests five planes are currently being targeted by Al Qaeda.
"We've been told that five planes are being targeted in a high profile hit before Christmas. They've been waiting for the big one. We have many scares but this one nearly got hand baggage pulled from all airlines. The threat is still alive and real."It was then reported that the plan would see Islamists smuggle bombs on to various planes that are heading towards numerous destinations across Europe.
The plot has been known about for at least two months, and they believe that it will try to be executed before Christmas.
The source also went on to explain how negotiations were held to try and ban hand luggage on flights, but at the moment precious little has actually been done about the threat.
"High level negotiations are continuing at Governmental level but at the moment there has been little done to respond. There is paralysis because of the difficulty of banning hand luggage which is one of the strongest weapons we have against the new threats."At the moment the threat is only believed to have been aimed at Europe. However, according to the source, there is a growing concern that security just isn't strong enough across the continent to combat a cold-blooded and calculated attempt.
"The threat is aimed at Europe. The U.S. has improved their security over the summer but we have not. Everyone is expecting something catastrophic very soon."[Image via Tribkcpq]