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On August 10, 2006, a plot to use liquid explosives to blow up transatlantic flights headed to the United States and Canada was foiled by UK authorities. In light of the threat, the US and UK immediately banned liquids from going through checkpoints and onto airplanes. US Federal Air Marshals were dispatched to cover all affected flights immediately following this plot.
In September 2006, after international and US explosives experts determined that acceptable amounts of liquids could safely be brought on planes, TSA implemented the 3-1-1 program.
In the UK, the trial began on April 3 for eight British men, many of Pakistani descent, suspected of being involved in a British terror cell with plans to commit a massive transatlantic terrorist attack on August 10, 2006.
Here's A Recap
The eight men were arrested by British authorities in August 2006, allegedly close to the execution date of their plot. The plot included bringing liquid explosives disguised as commonly consumed UK beverages onto seven planes from London's Heathrow Airport to various cities in the United States and Canada. The liquid explosives would have detonated while flying over the Atlantic Ocean.
All seven targeted flights were scheduled to depart London within a time period of two hours and 35 minutes, offering little hope of saving the already airborne planes once the first explosive was detonated. Having the planes explode over the ocean would have made recovery and investigation very difficult. Had the plan been successful, it is estimated that as many as 1,500 passengers would have been killed.
New Information From The Trial
Since the trial began, the following information has been presented to the jury:
Video Clips of the Trial
BBC News: 7/7 'inspired airline plotters'
The Sun: 'Bombers' made martyr videos
CTV.ca: Canadian jets targeted in U.K. terror plot, trial hears
14:15 United Airlines Flight 931 to San Francisco
15:00 Air Canada Flight 849 to Toronto
15:15 Air Canada Flight 865 to Montreal
15:40 United Airlines Flight 959 to Chicago
16:20 United Airlines Flight 925 to Washington
16:35 American Airlines Flight 131 to New York
16:50 American Airlines Flight 91 to Chicago
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