Threat levels raised for U.S. airports following
arrests in United Kingdom
No liquids aloud on board U.S. flights
By Ari Burack, Bay City News Service
August 10, 2006
In response to arrests in the United Kingdom in the past few
hours related to "a substantial plot to destroy multiple
passenger aircraft flying from the United Kingdom to the United
States,'' the U.S. Department of Homeland Security late Wednesday
night raised the nation's threat level to Severe, or Red, for
commercial flights bound for the United States from the United
Kingdom, according to a statement by Homeland Security Secretary
The Department of Homeland Security has also raised the nation's
threat level to High, or Orange, for all commercial flights operating
in or destined for the United States, Chertoff said.
Bay Area airports have not yet announced any flight delays or
San Francisco International Airport spokesman Mike McCarron said
SFO has three or four flights arriving from London each day, but
there have been no delays or security changes implemented yet.
A dispatcher with Oakland International Airport's airport operations
center reported that there are no direct commercial flights from
the United Kingdom to Oakland.
Oakland airport officials expect to have further information
later today, the dispatcher said.
Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff said, "We believe that
these arrests have significantly disrupted the threat, but we
cannot be sure that the threat has been entirely eliminated or
the plot completely thwarted.''
Chertoff reported that the Transportation Security Administration,
working with federal and airport authorities and commercial airlines,
has expanded security requirements.
Effective at 4 a.m. local time throughout the country, officials
are prohibiting any liquids, including beverages, hair gels and
lotions from being carried on to airplanes.
Additional security measures within airports and at screening
checkpoints can be expected, Chertoff said.
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