Police are convinced they have caught the major players in a plot to blow up airliners flying from Britain to the US. Twenty-four people are in custody, however tensions remain high, with some reports other suspects are still on the loose. At Heathrow Airport the security measures and strict baggage checks continue to cause delays. British Airways says 25 percent of long haul flights may be cancelled today. Hand luggage is banned – passengers are allowed a to carry a single clear plastic bag on board. It’s thought the bombers wanted to smuggle bombs disguised as drinks onto the planes.
“Although we, by which I mean the police and security services, think we have the main players in this particular conspiracy, you can never at this stage be certain,” said UK Home Secretary John Reid. “We therefore want to make sure that alongside the operational interventions we have made, that we maintain a very high level of vigilance.”
Homes and businesses across England where the arrests were made are still being searched. It’s reported police may have found a suicide bomber’s martyrdom tape.