Sep 7, 2009

Tang, Terror and why you can't have bottled water in an airport

Have you ever wondered why you can't have coffee or a waterbottle past airline security? Here's why...
Three men have been found guilty of plotting to kill thousands of people by blowing up planes from London to North America with home-made liquid bombs.

A Woolwich Crown Court jury convicted Abdulla Ahmed Ali, 28, Tanvir Hussain, 28, and Assad Sarwar, 29, of conspiring to activate bombs disguised as drinks. They were all found not guilty of conspiring to murder by blowing up planes.

The men's arrests in August 2006 led to new airport restrictions on liquids and brought chaos and confusion to air travel.
The jury heard that, at the time of the men's arrest in August 2006, the plot's ringleader Ali had identified seven flights leaving Heathrow for San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, New York and Chicago.

His so-called "quartermaster", Sarwar, had secured bomb ingredients at his home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and a flat in the Walthamstow area of east London had become the bomb factory.

There the men put together a special mixture of chemicals that they planned to take in hand luggage in ordinary sports drinks bottles. Specifically Tang. That was suspicious. I mean, who the hell drinks Tang anymore? And better yet, Tang was one of the ingredients of the explosive.

Ali, Hussain and Sarwar, was previously found guilty of conspiracy to murder involving liquid bombs - but that jury could not decide whether the three men's plans extended to detonating the devices on planes. They have now, and they are guilty.

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