On Monday, a British court found three men guilty of planning to blow up seven airliners in a synchronized attack using liquid explosives disguised in soft drink bottles, which apparently has something to do with why passengers haven’t been able to bring sodas on board for some time now. —KA
Security sources said that the move was “highly significant” in establishing the link between the British group — who claimed that they were staging a hoax as an anti-war protest — and terrorists in Pakistan.
When the plot to kill thousands of people was uncovered in August 2006 emergency measures were imposed on all air travel, with passengers banned from carrying liquids and 2,000 flights cancelled as extra security checks were introduced.
The men found guilty were Abdulla Ahmed Ali, 28, the leader of the British cell, Tanvir Hussain, 28, his lieutenant, and Assad Sarwar, 29.