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Long lines at Seattle, Spokane airports

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SPOKANE, Wash.  - Long lines greeted commercial travelers at Washington's two busiest airports this morning. That was because of heightened security after British authorities said they thwarted a terrorist plot to blow up planes heading to the U.S. using explosives smuggled in hand luggage.

Passengers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Spokane International Airport faced long delays as security workers picked carefully through their luggage. Both airports, and all other passenger airports in the country, are at Orange Alert. 

Some travelers at Sea-Tac said they missed their flights today while stuck in long security lines. Sea-Tac spokesman Bob Parker says passengers are being asked to remove all liquids - drinks, creams, gels, including makeup and toothpaste - and put them into checked baggage. Passengers at both airports were told to show up at least two hours before any domestic flights and at least three hours before any international flights.

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