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The Home Office said the decision had been made because an attack was "highly likely" but no longer "imminent".
The change in the threat level means the ban on taking hand luggage on to flights from the UK has been lifted, although some restrictions remain.
In America, the country's Homeland Security Department reduced the threat level for US-bound flights from Britain from red, for "severe" to orange, for "high" today.
All other flights operating in or destined for the US remain at orange.
In a statement, Mr Reid explained today that this was because JTAC felt that a terrorist attack, while still "highly likely", was no longer "imminent".
But he added: "There is still a very serious threat of an attack. The threat level is at severe indicating the high likelihood of an attempted terrorist attack at some stage, and I urge the public to remain vigilant."
Originally posted by kickoutthejams
In addition all the duty free goods stores effectively becoming redundant overnight due to their goods being proscribed items. (alcohol, perfume, electrical etc). What's more it's not just a UK issue as all incoming flights would have been subject to the same restriction and other countries (and airline carriers) won't carry the can and bleed money for the UK. This could be seen even with the USA downgrading their own restrictions for carry on luggage. Simply the economics of all this were not planned for at all and have had a far greater influence over all this than the continued threat.
For some reason this whole thing was played as if an attack had actually happened rather than not and I hate to say it but I think it's gonna feel a lot more like the boy who cried wolf over coming days.