There was airline chaos on both sides of the Atlantic, as news of the alleged terrorist plot at Heathrow broke in America, and weary travellers at Kennedy airport in New York and other airports resigned themselves to long delays. However US homeland security chief Michael Chertoff pleaded with the public to be patient, as this was not a ‘better safe than sorry’ alert, but was a very real threat that had been averted at the last minute.
Security at Kennedy Airport in New York is super-tight and thousands of passengers choked the terminal buildings waiting for their postponed flights. With only liquid products for babies and prescription medicines allowed into aircraft cabins, and redoubled baggage and body checks for all flights, not just to London, travellers have been warned to check in at least two hours before flying.
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