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British Authorities Say Airports Returning to Normal


British airport authorities say service should be back to normal Friday after strict new security measures caused a week of serious flight delays and cancellations.

Officials banned nearly all liquids and many carry-on items after police last week broke up an alleged plot to blow up passenger planes with liquid explosives.

British Airways canceled just 19 flights from London's Heathrow Airport Thursday. Heathrow is also scrambling to return thousands of pieces of luggage left behind by frustrated passengers.

Meanwhile, British and U.S. news reports say police investigating the alleged plot have found a suitcase filled with bomb-making components in the woods northwest of London. One of the suspects lives in the area.

Twenty-three people, most of them British citizens of Pakistani descent, are in police custody in London. Seven other suspects are jailed in Pakistan.

Some information for this report provided by AP.