National Guard troops patrolling Boston’s Logan International Airport and increased vehicle searches around the facility were among the immediate responses around the nation today after officials in Great Britain disrupted a plan to blow up airplanes from Great Britain to the United States, reports the Boston Globe. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the alleged plot appeared to be engineered by al Qaeda. The National Guard was activated to help with patrols at Logan after Sept. 11, 2001, but was removed in April 2002.
The U.S. government banned all liquids and gels from flights, including toothpaste, makeup, and suntan lotion. Baby formula and medicines were exempted. Logan airport raised its security level to orange — one below the top level of red. Passenger searches were expanded from checkpoints to boarding gates.