Well the UK has decided paranoia must rule again, and the Home Secretary – Alan Johnson has said the UK terror threat level is being raised from “substantial” to “severe”,
Whilst no specific threat has been given in relation to the threat increase,
The decision to raise the threat level was made by the UK’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC).
Mr Johnson says
“We still face a real and serious threat to the UK from international terrorism, so I would urge the public to remain vigilant and carry on reporting suspicious events to the appropriate authorities and to support the police and security services in their continuing efforts to discover, track and disrupt terrorist activity.”
So the sky isn’t falling yet – but it could do soon!
The rise is in response to the perceived increased threat from international terrorism following the NW253 Incident on Christmas day.
Again – Mr Johnson stressed there was no intelligence to suggest a terrorist attack was imminent.
In other words, the free pass for extended security at airports and transport hubs has now been given a free ride.
Kevin’s hint: Allow extra time for travel.