Britain slaps security curbs on UPS air cargo: ministry

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UPS air cargo faces restrictions on movement through Britain until the company conforms with current security regulations, the Department of Transport said Friday.

"We can confirm that, following careful consideration, the department has restricted the number of sites in the UK at which UPS Ltd are permitted to screen air cargo until it has satisfied current security requirements," it said in a statement.

A department spokesman told AFP the move was "not in relation to any specific threat."

Britain introduced new security measures affecting the transport of cargo through the country last November after the discovery of a parcel bomb sent from Yemen on a US-bound UPS flight at a central England airport.

A parcel bomb hidden in a printer ink cartridge was found on a plane at East Midlands Airport which had stopped off en route to Chicago in the early hours of October 29.

The bomb was one of two packages sent from Yemen and addressed to synagogues in Chicago containing the hard-to-detect explosive PETN, sparking a global scare. The other package was discovered at Dubai airport.

The Yemen branch of Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the plot, according to the monitoring website SITE.

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