Will this be the triggering event for another change in airport security? Just like when the shoe bomber did his thing we had to start taking off our shoes before boarding the planes. Will now have to follow the British lead as described here?
BRITISH police have reportedly foiled a plot to smuggle explosive devices in airline hand luggage to blow up planes in mid-flight, according to Sky News in London.
The targets were said to have been flights between the Britain and the US.
Overnight police have arrested a number of people in London.
The BBC reports that the Department for Transport has set strict security measures at UK airports.
Passengers would 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 – would be allowed on board in transparent plastic bags.
Sky said the Metropolitan Police arrests were the culmination of a big covert counter-terrorist operation lasting several months.
It followed a pre-planned intelligence led operation by the Met’s anti-terrorist branch and security service.
Police said they believed the aim was to detonate explosive devices smuggled on board the aircraft in hand luggage.
“We would like to reassure the public that this operation was carried out with public safety uppermost in our minds,” a police statement said.
“This is a major operation which inevitably will be lengthy and complex. We will provide further information as soon as possible.”
Next will be strip and body cavity searches. But even that will fail. Defensive security is inherently very difficult and prone to failure. You must take the offense which, if reports are correct, it appears the British successfully done in this case. Good for them if true.