Thursday, August 10, 2006

Homeland Security Raises Threat Level to Red

Authorities in the United Kingdom have arrested a number of extremists involved in a plot to blow up passenger aircraft flying from London to the United States. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has responded by raising the nation's threat level to Red (Severe) for commercial flights from the U.K. to the U.S. and to Orange (High) for all other flights within or coming to the U.S.

Read the full press release from the Department of Homeland Security.

See also Guidance For Airline Passengers from the Transportation Security Administration, which has released the following warning:

"NO LIQUIDS OR GELS OF ANY KIND WILL BE PERMITTED IN CARRY-ON BAGGAGE. SUCH ITEMS MUST BE IN CHECKED BAGGAGE. This includes all beverages, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, tooth paste, hair gel, and other items of similar consistency. Exceptions: Baby formula and medicines, which must be presented for inspection at the checkpoint."

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