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Terrorist Plot Foiled, U.S. Threat Level Raised to High

British authorities report today that they have put a stop to a major terrorist attack planned for several planes bound for the U.S.

24 suspects were arrested. Among them were the alleged master minds behind the plot. Although it is too early to speculate on all of the details because of the ongoing investigation, officials are able to confirm that liquid explosives smuggled in carry-on luggage was going to be used to target flights on United Airlines, American Airlines and Continental Airlines.
The security-level is now at its highest [Red] in Britain with all carry-on luggage and liquids being banned on all trans-Atlantic flights. Medications (e.g. insulin) and baby milk/formula are being permitted.
The heightened security measures are sure to cause a ripple effect in all air travels in the U.S.
This morning, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that the threat level for the U.S. is now High or Orange. Read Chertoff’s full statement
Related Stories:
U.K. Identifies Suspects in Terror Plot (Yahoo! News)
U.S. Travelers Adjust to Tighter Rules (CNN)
Liquid Explosives Easy to Make Aboard Flights(News Channel 4)
Officials: Martyrdom Tape Found In Terror Plot (News Channel 4)

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