Government officials in the United
Kingdom Monday downgraded the threat level facing airliners in that
country, from "Code Red" to "Code Orange"... allowing the return of
carry-on baggage to flights from the UK.
The BBC reports the change in the terror threat level -- as
determined by the Joint Terrorism and Analysis Centre, or JTAC --
was made because officials believe an attack is still "highly
likely"... but no longer "imminent."
"I want to stress, therefore, that the change in the threat
level does not mean that the threat has gone away," said Home
Secretary John Reid. "There is still a very serious threat of an
"The threat level is at severe indicating the high likelihood of
an attempted terrorist attack at some stage, and I urge the public
to remain vigilant."
England had been at the critical level since a terrorist plot to
bomb commercial airliners, using liquid explosives, was uncovered
While hand luggage is now allowed once again in the cabin on
British flights, restrictions on liquids and gels remain in