Statement: Improving UK protection against terrorism

21 January 2010

In a statement to the Commons Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, announced new UK measures to track terrorist suspects and strengthen airport security.

Key measures are:

  • extension of the current Home Office watch list
  • new no-fly list
  • new list of those subject to special measures, including enhanced screening before boarding flights to the UK
  • an electronic check - by the end of 2010 - against a watch list 24 hours prior to travel, of all passengers arriving from other countries at all major UK airports and ports
  • immediate suspension of all direct flights from Yemen to the UK
  • research on devices capable of identifying potential explosives anywhere on the body

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