The Met Deputy Assistant Commisioner said: "We believe that the terrorists' aim was to smuggle explosives on to aeroplanes in hand luggage and to detonate these in flight."
You know, I'm glad that the (presumed) plot has been foiled and that (presumably) no suspects have been shot in the process and that (presumably) they'll be tried fairly. But can we please bring back the use of the word "alleged"? Can we at least pretend that suspected criminals are presumed innocent before proven guilty? Call them "alleged" terrorists. Scratch that, tone down the rhetoric. Call them "alleged" criminals.
Oh, and while I'm at it? He also said it was a plot to commit "mass murder on an unimaginable scale." Unimaginable? There were up to ten flights involved. Ten flights with a couple hundred people on each plane is two thousand people. That's pretty horrific, but I find it easy to imagine, using the magical mystical skill known as simple mental arithmetic.