Asian Airlines Tighten Security after Foiled Terror Plot

Airlines follow suit with requests for new restrictions following uncovering of terror plot

In 1995 when the Manila plot - dubbed "Project Bojinka" - was exposed, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration ordered pat-down searches of all passengers and airline employees going onto planes and barred containers of liquids, except medicines and sealed baby formula, from the cabin.

Ramzi Yousef, the alleged mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was convicted in a U.S. trial in 1996 for the attempt, along with two conspirators. Prosecutors in the trial said the bombings would have killed 4,000 people.

The plot may also served as an inspiration for Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, according to interrogation reports reviewed by The Associated Press.

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