U.S. Raises Terror Level for Flights from Britain after Plot Thwarted

AUGUST 10, 2006 - Posted at 7:33 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government, repsonding to the discovery of an alleged terror plot in Britain, is raising the terror-threat level for flights to the U.S. from Britain to code red.

That's the highest level and indicates a severe threat.

The government is also stepping up the general alert level for all flights within the U.S. and flights entering the country to code orange.  That's the second-highest category.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says the U.S. believes the arrests of suspects in a bomb plot in London have "significantly disrupted the threat."  But, he says the U.S. can't be sure that the threat has been "completely thwarted."  Chertoff says there is no indication of a plot within the U.S.  However, Chertoff says travelers can expect additional security measures at airports.

Britain says it's carried out a number of arrests in what it says was a terrorist plot to blow up commercial passenger jets on flights to the U.S.

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