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London on alert after terror plot foiled

Kevin Anderson | 10:02 UK time, Thursday, 10 August 2006

Stansted AirportI knew that something was up when I was travelling to work this morning. I just caught the last bit of a message at the tube: No hand luggage allowed on airplanes. A sign at station near our offices in west London said that police would be conducting searches of passengers on the tube.

All became clear quickly as the TVs in our office flashed: Terror plot. Some 25 people have been arrested, and it is thought the plan was to detonate explosive devices smuggled on to as many as 10 aircraft in hand luggage. This is obviously the top story. Is there anything else that you want to talk about today?

It reminded me of when I tried to return to the US following the attacks of 11 September 2001. I was with a few hundred other journalists waiting for a charter flight out of Stansted Airport, an international airport north of London. We were told that we wouldn't be allowed any carry on luggage, but the position was modified over the next several days. Finally, we were able to carry a few items in a clear plastic bag. Everyone was on edge.

Were you trying to travel today? There are several people telling us their stories here on the BBC News website.


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