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(CNN) -- asked readers for their thoughts and reactions to the news from British police of a terrorist plot to blow up passenger jets heading to the U.S. Here is a sampling of the responses, some of which have been edited:

Rather be safe than sorry but what really worried me about this "liquid bomb" plot is the fact that after all the money that has been put into safer airports etc, what if the plot was never uncovered and something like this had actually happened, was there ever any kind of security device that could have picked up liquid explosives in any of these airports? Just throwing out liquid products before getting on any airplane was the only solution? You mean to tell me that there has been nothing done to detect these kinds of explosives after all these years and after all the money that has been spent? Now THAT's scary. Susan Pastuszak, Brantford, Ontario

It has been known for several years that liquids and gels could be used in making a destructive bomb, yet the United States with all the money spent on "security" does nothing until the British authorities reveal their findings. The U.S. administration has created the ill will around the world and has invaded another country with thousands of innocents killed and 2,600 American soldiers killed and thousands seriously wounded. Yet this administration proclaims to be innocent defenders of democracy. This proposed attack in Britain just emphasizes that the U.S. has not, cannot win with force. The security within this country is not adequate to prevent any attacks. This administration needs to treat other nations, and the citizens of the U.S., with respect and drop the arrogancy and hatred. The British did a good job in finding this group before any lives were lost, but the U.S. just wastes money and the administration boasts and postures more arrogantly every day. Robert Cauthon, Las Cruces, New Mexico

As an American student in London I have felt safe and secure for the entire length of my term. My fellow classmates and I will return to our homes tomorrow. For those of us returning to the states our in-boxes have been filled with messages to be careful, to be extra vigilant, to be safe. I cannot speak for my peers, but I can say for certain that I am not afraid to fly tomorrow. The people who are behind this recent plot cannot be allowed to make us afraid of each other. If they succeed in making us afraid of each other, afraid of who looks different or speaks a different language, if they are allowed to use fear as their most explosive device, then they will not need to board any more planes with plots of destruction. I for one will not be afraid, and if there are others like me, they can never succeed. Drew McDowell, Fort Walton Beach, Florida

I am a very concerned mother who travels frequently with my 9-month-old daughter from Los Angeles to Minneapolis. It is essential that I carry bottled water on the plane in order to make my daughter her bottles. I am wondering how this ban on liquids is going to affect my daughter's health: will I not be allowed to make her a bottle, will I have to make it before boarding the plane (it is only good for two hours on a 3.5 to 4 hour flight), or will I be forced to use tap water from the plane? All of these options could make her sick and I am not willing to give her bad formula. What are us parents with infants supposed to do? Julie Falcon, Reedley, California

For the people complaining about having to throw away toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion, etc. Come on people! Do you really think your safety is worth keeping less than $10 worth of toiletries? And to the law enforcement officers who stopped this terrorist plot and saved thousands of lives. God bless you and thank you! Lisa Williams, Hampton, Virginia

I don't get it. I fly over 200,000 miles per year. The answer sounds simple to me -- no carry-on luggage. As much of an inconvenience as it would be for me, I would gladly board the plane with only my wallet and rejoin all my luggage at my destination's baggage claim. This would allow the TSA to focus money and resources on claimed luggage inspections and screening. Let's fight the issue on one front. Pat Duclos, Northbridge, Massachusetts

I am in New York on business and flying home tonight. I am leaving early to be at the airport 3 hours before my flight. I have soft luggage and if I checked my toiletries they would be destroyed and damage everything else in the process so I am shipping them home overnight in the hopes that they are more protected stacked in Fed Ex boxes than they would be in my luggage. All minor inconveniences in the face of this. Sherri Akers, Los Angeles, California

I can buy toothpaste, deodorant, hair gel, etc. when I get to where I'm going. If banning these items from carry-on luggage is all that needs to be done to ensure safer air travel, then bring it on, I'm all for it. Make it mandatory tomorrow! Maybe I'll start a chain of convenience kiosks in airports world-wide selling "arrival hygiene kits" for all those whiners that would rather look pretty and smell nice than get to where they want to go safely. Damian D'Apolito, Boulder, Colorado

I work for an airline in the States, and I am just appalled by how Americans are so impatient. Due to the heightened security, our passengers are frustrated and upset because they have to throw away a few items, for safety, which can be replaced. Life cannot be replaced. Shara Harvey, Indianapolis, Indiana

My husband travels all over the world for his job. For the people who think going through security is taking too long or having to throw out their toiletries, they are the ones that should not fly. Obviously they forgot about 9/11. How soon people forget! Thank God for the great job the UK did. Christine Grom, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin

I flew today from Baton Rouge to Dallas and back. At the security checkpoint in Dallas a woman was permitted to keep her mascara. While I sacrificed lipsticks/gloss and eyedrops, I saw two passengers on my flight back to Baton Rouge using lip balm and lipstick. My reaction? Terrorists will never make me afraid to fly. That would say they've won. I won't give in; I'm proud to be an American. Stacie Purcell Pearson, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Please, so that something positive can come from this, can't the tons of discarded new toiletries, etc. confiscated at airports be donated to Red Cross, homeless shelters, missions, nursing homes, disaster victims rather than added to landfills? B. Rhodes, Eugene, Oregon

I woke up this morning to the scary news. My son and British daughter-in-law were to have boarded a flight to Heathrow last evening and I can't get in touch with them to see if they arrived safely. I'm going on the premise that no news is good news and his in-laws do still live in the UK but it could make getting home a real problem. I'm just concerned about my first born male child! Rita, Nashua, New Hampshire

With today's events, and the lingering stigma of 9/11 in the back of my mind, I'm debating over my return [flight] tomorrow night. How bad is that? Scared to go home! If I don't board the plane have I let the threat of terrorism beat me? Am I a coward for not defying them? Or am I a practical person taking reasonable steps to secure my life, and future with my family? Maybe that's what frightens me. Kevin, Fort Worth, Texas

I work very close to Heathrow Airport and in my eight-hour shift I see over a dozen planes coming and going over head. Today there are none and it's almost eerie. Cheyenne, Feltham, United Kingdom

I am a British citizen and a U.S. resident due to leave from the U.S. to the United Kingdom in four weeks. In a space of two weeks I will be flying into Heathrow from U.S., then from Stansted to Edinburgh and back again and then Gatwick to Athens and back again, then back to the U.S. I have had to completely rethink how I dress and pack just to board a plane. Cooperation, thoughtfulness and patience are the best ways to get through the boarding process. We cannot waste time complaining about security measures and we cannot allow terrorists keep us from traveling. This is the situation I have to deal with and my travel plans will not change. Nicola, Topeka, Kansas

People who are up to something so sick minded, I think the death penalty should be re-introduced for. I just cannot imagine that people can see it as their goal to kill as many people as possible. For such people there should only be one quick way out. Imprisonment is a waste of both time and money in my opinion as procedures of re-integration can take forever and the chance of going back to where they came from stays. Henk, The Hague, Netherlands

I left my house this morning for the airport at 4:30 am before any of the security info was released. My son has a carry-on and everything was thrown out! We had no idea what was happening or why until he got there. I'm flying out tonight and am checking my bag so I can keep everything. This is crazy. Lisa, El Mirage, Arizona

My fiancée is currently studying abroad in Brighton, England. She is scheduled to fly back to Newark, New Jersey, next Saturday from Gatwick. This threat has put serious doubt in our minds regarding her safety returning home. At this point she wants to stay clear of all flights returning home until safe passage can be assured by proper authorities. All I want is for her to come home safe so I can be with her again. Joel, State College, Pennsylvania

I find the terrorist attacks sickening. Due to the prevailing circumstances of heightened security, it will be a tough flight to make as many travelers are now struck with the reoccurring fear of 9/11 attacks. As a Canadian traveling to London this evening, this flight makes me appreciate the level of security and cautions the authorities are putting forward in the protection of our nations.
Jonathan, Calgary, Alberta

I understand the need to be safe from terror, but aren't we taking things just a bit too far? If you ban us from taking toothpaste, lotion, and other "liquids" on our carry-on luggage, when will you ban those items from our checked baggage as well? And then what? Are we supposed to travel without our personal hygiene items? Where does it stop? At this rate, air travel will eventually mean traveling stark naked with no luggage. Shannon, St. Peters, Missouri

I am sitting here in the Huntsville Airport this morning after the events in the UK.. Though there is some minor inconveniences of rearranging shampoo, lotion, etc., the process was not that big of a deal. The airport personnel including airport employees, police and TSA agents were both informative and helpful. As a frequent flyer of 60+ flights a year this was not major inconvenience and it is completely acceptable if it makes the airways safer for all of us. Fred, Cincinnati, Ohio

These luggage restrictions are a disaster for me and my colleagues; I'm a professional musician having to travel regularly with my cello. Our instruments are extremely fragile and sometimes worth up to several hundred thousand dollars, which is why we usually go as far as buying extra tickets to ensure we can take our instrument on board as they are neither safe nor covered by insurance in the baggage hold. This is a severe disruption to our job and quite frankly I've had enough of having to put up with business like that because of some sick-minded people living among us! Julia, London


Glenn Fellman sent in this cell phone photo of the long lines at Baltimore Washington Intl. Airport on Thursday.


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New flight restrictions were issued following an alleged terror plot.

In addition, Continental, Delta, Northwest and United Airlines advised passengers to arrive three hours early for flights.

The new rules include:

• No liquids or gels of any kind in carry-on baggage. The items must be in checked luggage. They include all beverages, shampoo, sun tan lotion, creams, toothpaste and hair gel.

• Baby formula and medicines are exempt from the ban, but must be presented for inspection.

• All flights from the UK must send passenger information for intensive screening before departure. Passengers on international flights will be subject to heightened inspection upon arrival in the U.S.


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