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    British foil plan to blow up jetliners.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/britain_terror_plot
    this is getting quite serious.

    Suspected British suicide bombers were just days away from simultaneous attacks on trans-Atlantic airliners when officials said they foiled what one senior police commander called "mass murder on an unimaginable scale".



    British police arrested 24 people over a plot to smuggle bombs on to aircraft disguised as drinks, and new tough security measures for air travel remained in place on Friday.
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    Hey, I was just about to post this!

    The British police think that these guys are involved with the Al Queda & trying to set bombs on flights between Britain and the US. For those living in the US, the targetted airlines are United Airlines, Continental Airlines, and American Airlines. Washington believes the bomb threat was targetted at the US. All of the airports and flights have been delayed due to this. Passengers are not allowed to carry on or have any liquid items such as: drinks, hair gel, lotion, etc. Airline companies' stocks pummeled due to this also.

    Anyway, I'm just glad those guys were discovered in time. I just can't imagine how disasterous another 9/11 event would be like. These guys are really out of their minds...

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    That is definitely true, the outcome of this would have been devastating. I must say the british handled this quite well. I don't blame them with tighening airport security for this. They will specifically be targeting mobile devices such as ipod and pdas. This however can be argued both ways. I mean, to think what could have happened if this hadn't been stopped, leaves one speechless.
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    Yeah, better safe than sorry.

    I also heard that some airports are not allowing people to bring books onboard.

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    When i last travelled, it was insane. Everything was searched. There was also the issue of a guy getting into trouble because he had a nail file on board. Extreme as it may be, i don't blame them.
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    pretty serious thing.....even canadian airports are taking safety precaution......probably not allowed to bring on liquid stuff on planes starting today and forever

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    yeah..i would think what britian has implemented will soon spread to other parts of the world..and i mean really fast implementation...
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    but i guess it's a good thing to protect us and tighten up security ........i heard that it's pretty easy to put some explosive chemicals into liquid so that's probaby y no more liquid and yeah some airports not allowing hand carry

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    hell..soon they will ban ppl from travelling period...
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    lol.....i think they don't allow medicine too expect prescribed ones with the person's name on it but thats a problem since i think some countries don't put the patient's name

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knoctur_nal
    hell..soon they will ban ppl from travelling period...
    Let's just hope it doesn't get anywhere near that extreme... otherwise many business corporations will go out of business. We (the US) already have a large percentage of unemployment as it is...

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    after this...i bet flight travel will decrease..i mean...it already has a financial impact on britian's economy already...
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    Quote Originally Posted by peachey
    Let's just hope it doesn't get anywhere near that extreme... otherwise many business corporations will go out of business. We already have a large percentage of unemployment as it is...
    an unemployment rate that will continue to increase.
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    yeah it will have a bit of impact on the flight industry for sure

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    that is definitely going to happen....but to what extent....
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    what would the world look like if the bombing really did happen and the british didn't stop those guys?

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    Here's an additional article for those who are interested in knowing more:

    Airlines Terror Plot Disrupted
    A terrorist plot to blow up planes in mid-flight from the UK to the US has been disrupted, Scotland Yard has said.
    It is thought the plan was to detonate explosive devices smuggled on to as many as 10 aircraft in hand luggage.

    Police were searching addresses after a total of 21 people were being kept in custody after 25 arrests in the London area and West Midlands.

    High security is causing delays at all UK airports, and MI5 has raised the threat level to critical.

    According to MI5's website, critical threat level - the highest - means "an attack is expected imminently and indicates an extremely high level of threat to the UK".

    Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Paul Stephenson said the alleged plotters had intended "mass murder on an unimaginable scale".

    Home Secretary John Reid confirmed that there had apparently been a plot "to bring down a number of aircraft through mid-flight explosions causing a considerable loss of life".

    According to BBC sources the "principal characters" suspected of being involved in the plot were British-born. Arrests were made in High Wycombe, London and Birmingham.

    The US Department of Homeland Security increased the threat level applied to US-bound commercial flights originating in the UK

    The Home Office confirmed there had been three meetings overnight and on Thursday morning of the Cabinet's emergency committee, Cobra, chaired by Mr Reid, to discuss the terror alert

    A spokesman for Number 10 said Tony Blair had briefed US President George Bush on the situation during the night

    All passengers were banned from taking hand luggage onto flights, while the government warned of delays.

    BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford said he did not think the police believed an attack was imminent.

    "The reason for raising the threat level is in case there is some other sub-plot, back-up plot around this that the police aren't aware of," he said.

    Scotland Yard said in a statement that their investigation into the alleged plot was a "major operation" which would be "lengthy and complex".

    "We would like to reassure the public that this operation was carried out with public safety uppermost in our minds."

    BBC security correspondent Gordon Correra said given that most liquids were being banned from flights it suggested the suspected plot involved "some kind of liquid explosive".

    He also said the plot had an "international dimension", while the investigation had involved the CIA.

    "The Americans have definitely been involved for quite some time," he said.

    Prime Minister Tony Blair is on holiday in the Caribbean, but Downing Street said the police operation was undertaken with his full support and he had been "in constant touch".

    The Department for Transport set out the details of the security measures at UK airports.

    Passengers are not allowed to take any hand luggage on to any flights in the UK, the department said.

    Only the barest essentials - including passports and wallets - will be allowed to be carried on board in transparent plastic bags.

    "We hope that these measures, which are being kept under review by the government, will need to be in place for a limited period only," the statement said.

    British Airways said that passengers who do not wish to fly on Thursday could rebook on flights leaving over the next two weeks.

    At Stansted airport, more than 2,000 passengers, clutching their plastic bags, snaked around the terminal queuing to pass through customs.

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    hopefully no trouble when i head on my flight to asia on tuesday =) new rules : no liquids , gels any sortsa drinks , toothpaste , lip gloss and creams!




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