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Airlines headed to Russia advised of potential threat

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SOCHI, Russia (WHDH) - After several deadly terror attacks prior to the Sochi games there is a new security warning.

Wednesday afternoon the US government announced it has warned airlines with direct flights to Russia to watch for explosives possibly hidden inside toothpaste or cosmetic tubes.

As of now there is no known threat to the United States, but former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is voicing his concern.

"I'm really disturbed that an event which is a global event, which is for young people, athletes who train for years and years and years, that that could become the target of terrorist effort,” Romney said.

The former presidential candidate, who headed the Olympics in Salt Lake City,

Says any attempt of an attack would come with a massive response.

"The world would see this in the most negative light and would have extraordinarily dire consequences for those that are carrying out these kinds of threats or making those kind of threats,” Romney said.

In an interview with CNN, New York Representative Peter King said those threats would keep him out of Sochi.

“If I'm an athlete, that's one thing. But just as a spectator, I don't think it's worth the risk,” King said.

NBC News is reporting the intelligence does not indicate any threat to planes flying either to, or within the United States and the threat is limited to flights to Russia.

The warning is also directed at flights that originate outside the United States.
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