U.S. airline passengers scramble after news of British aircraft terror plot
NEW YORK, New York - U.S. air travelers are having to make other arrangements or plan for increased airport security because of an alleged terror plot broken up in Britain.
London says the plan was to simultaneously blow up several jetliners en route to the U-S using explosives smuggled on board in carry-on bags. Two counterterrorism officials identify the airlines allegedly targeted as American, Continental and United. American Airlines has canceled six flights between the U-S and London today to deal with delays at Britain's Heathrow Airport. But it says the cancellations are not due to terror concerns. The U-S government is banning beverages, hair gels and lotions from flights, saying liquids are now considered a risk. Heathrow has banned most hand-held baggage. And most European carriers have canceled their flights to Britain, due to the massive delays triggered by the tighter security. Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.