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UK Threat Level Increases - Ariana Grande Plans to Return to Support Manchester

Date: May 26, 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 22, 2017, at the Manchester Arena. 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 the use vehicle checkpoints and “stop and search” tactics in their continuing efforts to ensure public safety.

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.

Considering all of these additional security precautions, there is no specific indication of a threat to United crews or passengers at this time. The United MEC Safety, Health and Security, in concert with United's Corporate Security Department, continues to monitor the situation and will provide appropriate updates as they become available. 

In an incredible expression of solidarity, Ariana Grande proclaimed in a communication of support to the families and fans in Manchester that “our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”   Putting her words into action, Ariana will be returning the city of Manchester to spend time with her fans, to have a benefit concert in honor of, and to raise money for the victims and their families.

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