Eleven people are due to appear in court in London today in connection with an alleged plot to blow up a string of transatlantic jumbo jets. Eight are charged with conspiracy to murder and terrorism offences. Three others face related charges under anti-terror laws, while 11 remain in custody. Detectives warned that the inquiry, one of the UK’s biggest criminal investigations, may spread around the globe.
According to recent polls, the majority of British citizens believe the government’s foreign policies have increased the terrorist threat against the country. Police said on August the 10th that they had foiled a plot to bring down several planes using liquid explosives.
Security at airports was immediately tightened, causing flight cancellations and huge delays at UK airports for days. Under the latest security measure all cosmetics have been banned in the aircraft cabin, except for those bought after security checks.