US Air Travel AlertPublic Alert
Part of UK Foils Transatlantic Bombings
|Primary Organization||UK-US airline bomb plotters|
|Warning Agency||Department of Homeland Security|
|Possible Means of Attack||Smuggled liquid peroxide explosives|
|Possible Target(s)||Domestic and U.S.-bound overseas commercial airline flights|
|Area alerted||United States|
|Alert issued||0800 local, Aug. 10, 20061|
|Narrative and Notes (Reliable)||Following the arrests of suspected terrorists in the United Kingdom in connection with a plot to bomb transatlantic airliners, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced he was raising the threat level to "red" for U.S.-bound transatlantic flights originating in London and "orange" for all other flights.|
It was the first time Homeland Security implemented a "red" level threat, its highest.
The British similarly raised their treat level to "critical."
The plot appeared to involve the use of liquid explosives to be smuggled on board planes; aviation security personnel were confiscating liquids from many air travelers.
Authorities described the plot as close to execution.
The U.S. lowered its UK-oriented threat to "orange" on Aug. 13, matching it with the rest of the threat to airlines.1,2
Sources and Notes
|1Press release, Department of Homeland Security, Aug. 10, 2006.|
|2Press release, Department of Homeland Security, Aug. 13, 2006.|
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