BART security remains high after threat
By Ari Burack, Bay City News Service
August 10, 2006
Bay Area Rapid Transit will remain at a level of heightened
security today after the nation's threat level was raised by the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security for airline flights throughout
the country, BART spokesman Linton Johnson reported.
According to Johnson, BART will employ extra patrols and random
stops of trains, but its ongoing level of security will remain
Bay Area airports increased security measures this morning after
the nationwide alert was announced.
In response to arrests in the United Kingdom overnight related
to "a substantial plot to destroy multiple passenger aircraft
flying from the United Kingdom to the United States,'' the Department
of Homeland Security raised the nation's threat level to its highest
-- severe, or red -- for commercial flights bound for the United
States from the United Kingdom, according to a statement by Homeland
Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
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.
Chertoff reported that the Transportation Security Administration,
working with federal and airport authorities and commercial airlines,
has expanded security requirements.
According to the Homeland Security Department, effective at 4
a.m. local time throughout the country, officials began 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.
Mineta San Jose International Airport has increased police presence
around the airport this morning, spokeswoman Joanne Sanfilippo
According to San Jose police Sgt. Nick Muyo, airline travelers
can expect delays today due to increased police patrols and random
vehicle searches. Muyo said people might also see police dogs
and officers at checkpoints around the airport.
In addition, airline passengers will not be allowed to take any
liquids onto flights and should plan ahead for this, Muyo said.
Muyo did not know how long the increased security measures would
Additional announcements about security measures are expected
this morning from San Francisco International Airport and from
Oakland International Airport.
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.''
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