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Security still hobbling British flights

Aug. 16, 2006 at 8:08 AM

LONDON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Security measures forced British Airways to cancel 46 flights Wednesday, six days after British airports were locked-down over an alleged terror plot.

The airline said three long-haul and 32 short-haul flights from Heathrow and 11 domestic flights from Gatwick Airport had been canceled, five more than it canceled Tuesday, The Telegraph reported.

Chief executive Michael O'Leary of the discount Ryanair airline said he hoped Wednesday would be the first day all scheduled flights could take off, the Guardian reported. He called the uproar over security "nonsensical" and said he was considering legal action against the British government to get airports running smoothly again, the newspaper said.

The heightened security has also created a glut of lost luggage. British Airways said it had as many as 5,000 bags it was struggling to reunite with owners, the report said.

The mayhem began last Thursday when police arrested 24 people in a plot they said involved blowing up U.S.-bound aircraft with liquid explosives from carry-on baggage.

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