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Theresa May announces freight ban for Yemen and Somalia

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has announced that the ban on unaccompanied air freight from Yemen will remain in place and will be extended to packages from Somalia.

The extra security measures have been introduced following the discovery of a US-bound cargo bomb at East Midlands Airport last week.

The home secretary told the House of Commons the devices found were thought to be the work of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula but there was no information to suggest another attack by the group was imminent.

From midnight on Monday there will also be a suspension of the carriage of toner cartridges larger than 500g in passengers' hand baggage on flights departing from UK airport.

"We will prohibit the carriage of these items by air cargo into, via or from the UK unless they originate from a known consignor" said Mrs May.

  • 01 Nov 2010
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