Like many I get frustrated at the airline rules over liquids on planes, having had to dispose of tubes of sunscreen and drink bottles etc.
But this story on the conviction in the UK of three British Muslims, reminds us why the rules came about:
Three British Muslims were convicted yesterday of plotting to commit “mass murder on an unimaginable scale” by blowing up transatlantic airliners in an attempt to kill thousands of people in the air and on the ground.
In a plot that changed rules on what passengers can carry on to planes, the terror cell, operating under guidance from jihadist overseers in Pakistan and inspired by al Qaeda, planned to simultaneously detonate liquid bombs disguised in soft drink bottles on board at least seven flights from London’s Heathrow Airport to North American cities, a court heard.
What shocked many is that most of the plotters were born in the United Kingdom. In fact three of them had only recently converted to Islam.
Thank goodness the security services were on the ball.Tags: Islam, terrorism, United Kingdom