'Plot to blow up planes' foiled - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Lypton Village > Free Your Mind > Free Your Mind Archive
Click Here to Login
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-10-2006, 04:26 AM   #1
ONE
love, blood, life
 
indra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 12,689
Local Time: 10:36 AM
'Plot to blow up planes' foiled

Well this is lovely.

From BBC news. linke here

Quote:


A terrorist plot to blow up planes in mid-flight from the UK to the US has been disrupted, Scotland Yard has said.
It is thought the plan was to detonate up to three explosive devices smuggled on aircraft in hand luggage.

Police have arrested about 18 people in the London area after an anti-terrorist operation lasting several months.

Security at all airports in the UK has been tightened and delays are reported. MI5 has raised the UK threat level to critical - the highest possible.

According to MI5's website, critical threat level means "an attack is expected imminently and indicates an extremely high level of threat to the UK".

Home Secretary John Reid confirmed that there had apparently been a plot "to bring down a number of aircraft through mid-flight explosions causing a considerable loss of life".

According to BBC sources the "principal characters" suspected of being involved in the plot were British-born.

In other major developments:


The US Department of Homeland Security said the increased threat level applied to commercial flights originating in the UK

The Home Office confirmed there had been three meetings overnight and on Thursday morning of the Cabinet's emergency committee, Cobra, chaired by Mr Reid, to discuss the terror alert

A spokesman for Number 10 said Tony Blair had briefed US President George Bush on the situation during the night

All passengers were banned from taking hand luggage onto flights, while the government warned of delays. Heathrow Airport has warned travellers to stay at home if possible

Heathrow airport operator BAA asked that all in-bound services not already in the air be suspended, National Air Traffic Services said

BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford said he did not think the police believed an attack was imminent.

"The reason for raising the threat level is in case there is some other sub-plot, back-up plot around this that the police aren't aware of," he said.

Scotland Yard said in a statement that their investigation into the alleged plot was a "major operation" which would be "lengthy and complex".

"We would like to reassure the public that this operation was carried out with public safety uppermost in our minds."


Prime Minister Tony Blair is on holiday in the Caribbean, but Downing Street said the police operation was undertaken with his full support and he had been "in constant touch".


Transparent bags

The Department for Transport set out the details of the security measures at UK airports.

Passengers will not be allowed to take any hand luggage on to any flights in the UK, the department said.

Only the barest essentials - including passports and wallets - will be allowed to be carried on board in transparent plastic bags.

"We hope that these measures, which are being kept under review by the government, will need to be in place for a limited period only," the statement said.

At Heathrow Airport, BBC presenter Fiona Bruce said there were "ranks of people" unable to get into the terminal.

"Terminal One is completely at a standstill. Nobody is being checked in at all."


She said it was "jam-packed", but passengers were managing to remain "good natured".

BBC journalist Joe Lynam encountered the increased security measures at Gatwick airport.

"I was handed a piece of paper saying that pretty much nothing could be taken on board the plane," he said.

"Everything had to be checked in and that includes mobile phones, ipods, wallets - even spectacle cases had to be checked in."

British Airways said that passengers who do not wish to fly on Thursday can rebook on flights leaving over the next two weeks.

David Learmount from Flight International Magazine said he expected passengers to be searched much more carefully.

He added: "This is the first time this measure has actually been taken. Certainly I've never seen hand luggage banned."
__________________

__________________
indra is offline  
Old 08-10-2006, 05:24 AM   #2
Refugee
 
Down Under's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 1,630
Local Time: 01:36 AM
Not good

Just saw it on the TV news when I came home
__________________

__________________
Down Under is offline  
Old 08-10-2006, 05:29 AM   #3
ONE
love, blood, life
 
A_Wanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: The Wild West
Posts: 12,518
Local Time: 12:36 AM
Bloody Zoroastrians
__________________
A_Wanderer is offline  
Old 08-10-2006, 06:52 AM   #4
Rock n' Roll Doggie
VIP PASS
 
Pearl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: NYC
Posts: 5,653
Local Time: 10:36 AM
__________________
Pearl is offline  
Old 08-10-2006, 07:00 AM   #5
Refugee
 
dazzlingamy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: The city of blinding lights and amazing coffee - Melbourne.
Posts: 2,468
Local Time: 01:36 AM
This completely fucks me off. This now calls for armed secuirty to be on every single airplane taking off from every airport in the world.

For travellers, this is total bullshit. These wankers have already made me fearful of flying and so many othe rpeople at all.
__________________
dazzlingamy is offline  
Old 08-10-2006, 07:28 AM   #6
Rock n' Roll Doggie
Band-aid
 
trevster2k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 4,330
Local Time: 11:06 AM
Stop being frightened. There will be another major terrorist attack at some point on western countries. Fortunately, they have been able to thwart this apparent conspiracy. You are more likely to die in a car crash or from a fall than as a victim of a terrorist attack.
__________________
trevster2k is offline  
Old 08-10-2006, 07:41 AM   #7
War Child
 
ClaytonMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: North England
Posts: 658
Local Time: 02:36 PM
The main thing is that its foiled, although they are concerned of alternative methods of terrorism ie contigency plans etc.

Im going on a plane next week, not frightnening me one bit. and thats how it should be
__________________
ClaytonMan is offline  
Old 08-10-2006, 07:51 AM   #8
Blue Crack Addict
 
MrsSpringsteen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 24,984
Local Time: 09:36 AM
I don't think it's reasonable to expect people to stop being frightened, it's a natural human reaction. Fact is these possibilities exist every time you get on a plane, it's really heightened obviously by something like this. It tends to make you feel generalized fear even if you don't have to get on a plane-I went for a walk this morning and just felt some sort of general fear and dread. Planes flew overhead and I thought about all of it. When I got home my prevailing thought was how much I hate having to live in the world the way it is today. How much I hate that it is that way. Unfortunately it's never going to go back.

The reality is that if this hadn't been stopped, it would have been worse than anything we have seen in terms of loss of life. They are speculating about at least 9 planes.
__________________
MrsSpringsteen is offline  
Old 08-10-2006, 08:19 AM   #9
The Fly
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 220
Local Time: 02:36 PM
Quote:
Originally posted by dazzlingamy
This now calls for armed secuirty to be on every single airplane taking off from every airport in the world.
No thank you please.

I was supposed to fly to Barcelona today… but no. I’ve already postponed the trip once and I hate to do it again but the alternative is to hire a car and drive and with my stellar driving abilities I’ll be dead before I reach Paris. I guess Barcelona will have to wait.

At least it's eons better than the alternative and it's actually quite nice to get a few unplanned schedule-free days when the alternative is picking bodies out of the Atlantic.

And I agree Mrs. S. I hate what the world has become.
__________________
silja is offline  
Old 08-10-2006, 08:30 AM   #10
ONE
love, blood, life
 
A_Wanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: The Wild West
Posts: 12,518
Local Time: 12:36 AM
The world is a fantastic, wonderful and frightening place and I don't see anything wrong with that.
__________________
A_Wanderer is offline  
Old 08-10-2006, 08:51 AM   #11
Blue Crack Addict
 
MrsSpringsteen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 24,984
Local Time: 09:36 AM
Sure it's still fantastic and wonderful, it's not all gloom and doom. I don't think and live that way, if I did I would have thrown in the towel a long time ago.

Still I grew up in a world that was significantly different (obviously it still had it's own terror and violence, but it was different), and one in which people didn't have to drink their baby's formula before they got on a plane in order to prove it didn't contain deadly explosives. I see nothing wrong with not wanting to exist like that.
__________________
MrsSpringsteen is offline  
Old 08-10-2006, 08:53 AM   #12
Blue Crack Addict
 
sami0201's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: among the fields of gold...
Posts: 23,193
Local Time: 10:36 AM
I'm supposed to fly home from NY to FL tomorrow. I know it wasn't in the US, but now I'm scared shitless (and I'm usually totally fine with flying). Tell me I'll be okay.
__________________
sami0201 is offline  
Old 08-10-2006, 08:53 AM   #13
ONE
love, blood, life
 
Numb1075's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Tarrytown, NY
Posts: 11,382
Local Time: 09:36 AM
Can't these A$$holes get another hobby other than trying to blow up commerical airplanes w/ liquid explosives......try knitting or taking up cooking classes.....a$$holes
__________________
Numb1075 is offline  
Old 08-10-2006, 08:57 AM   #14
Refugee
 
fly so high!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: St Andrews NSW Australia
Posts: 1,835
Local Time: 12:36 AM
Quote:
Originally posted by sami0201
I'm supposed to fly home from NY to FL tomorrow. I know it wasn't in the US, but now I'm scared shitless (and I'm usually totally fine with flying). Tell me I'll be okay.
You will be OK Sami0201.
__________________
fly so high! is offline  
Old 08-10-2006, 08:57 AM   #15
The Fly
 
AaronMcKie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Arlington Heights, IL
Posts: 97
Local Time: 02:36 PM
Quote:
Originally posted by sami0201
I'm supposed to fly home from NY to FL tomorrow. I know it wasn't in the US, but now I'm scared shitless (and I'm usually totally fine with flying). Tell me I'll be okay.
You're going to be fine



I'm taking a flight from Chicago to FL, not too worried about it, except for the extra time spent in the security line.
__________________

__________________
AaronMcKie is offline  
 

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:36 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright © Interference.com