Monday, August 14, 2006

DHS Lowers Terror Alert Level From Red To Orange For Flights Inbound From The UK

Fox News reports that DHS has lowered the terror alert for flights from the UK to America:

Air travelers were handed new rules Sunday, given permission to carry small amounts of liquid nonprescription medicine onto a plane and instructed to remove their shoes during security checks.

The shoes have to be placed on an X-ray belt for screening before passengers can put them back on.

Later Sunday, the Homeland Security Department reduced the threat level for U.S.-bound flights from Britain from red, for "severe," to orange, for "high." All other flights operating in or destined for the United States remain at orange...

"In particular, we are remaining vigilant for any signs of planning within the U.S. or directed at Americans," Chertoff said.

So, although there is still a "high" risk of attack against the US, it is no longer a severe situation and some security measures have been scaled back. So the terror level in the US now stands at orange, or "high," for all flights and the usual yellow, or "elevated," for everything else.

Meanwhile, the UK is still warning its citizens that an attack is still very possible, and their terror alert level remains at its highest.

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