Thursday, August 10, 2006

British Authorities Foil Plot To Bomb UK-To-US Flights

That's good news...I guess. This is one of those "Is the glass half empty or half full" situations. You could be happy that the terror plot was foiled but then again, it's a reminder that there are people out there that want to hurt us and they seem to absolutely HATE airplanes.

British authorities announced Thursday (August 10) that they had foiled a terrorist plan to blow up multiple airliners traveling between the United Kingdom and the United States, a plot "to create mass murder on an unimaginable scale."

Hmm...10 planes, 300 people per plane, about 3,000 dead...well, it's happened before so I can imagine that.

Twenty-one people have been arrested in connection with the plot, which involved smuggling explosives onto as many as 10 airplanes in carry-on luggage. CBS News reports that the targeted flights were headed toward U.S. airports including New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Washington, D.C.'s Dulles International Airport and Miami International Airport.

Wait, that's two terrorists per plane plus one terrorist floater who, I'm guessing, just couldn't find a partner. Kind of feel bad for that guy. You know your life has gone horribly wrong when you wind up as a suicide bomber understudy.

Here in the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security raised the threat warning to its highest level for commercial flights coming from Britain, and has banned passengers from bringing beverages, hair gels and lotion into the aircraft cabin, explaining that the liquids had emerged as a risk stemming from the investigation in Britain. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said that the terrorist plot revolved around "liquid explosive devices."

We're at terror alert level red which actually means imminent but yet nothings happened so I guess we can lower it to orange which means Halloween. It's a strange terror alert chart.
Well good show Britain. Every day without an airplane exploding mid-flight is a good day indeed.


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