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UK Threat Level

Date: May 24, 2017
Type: AFA Article

On May 23, 2017, the U.K. government elevated the country’s threat level to “critical” from “severe” following the suicide bombing on May 22nd  at Manchester Arena. The increased threat level means that government officials believe a terrorist attack is imminent. According to Prime Minister Theresa May, the change in the threat level translates into making additional support available to police officers as they work to keep the public safe. 

Subsequently, on May 24th  the government announced that it deployed military forces to multiple sites around the country. Military forces are deployed to locations such as Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, embassies and the Palace of Westminster. Armed police officers will be conducting patrols. Additionally, police forces will employ vehicle checkpoints and “stop and search” tactics

UK’s raising of the current threat level to “critical” makes additional resources available to counter any threat inclusive of the airport. Crews & passengers will notice a higher visibility of police patrolling land side and at airport perimeters. There have been random embarkation checks at GLA, EDI, MAN, BHX and LHR.

This said, it is important to note, there is no indication of a threat to United crews or passengers at this time. AFA United MEC Safety, Health and Security and United's Corporate Security continue to actively monitor the situation and will update accordingly.

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