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Two governors call in National Guard after terror alert

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - Growing lines of irritated travelers snaked through U.S. airport terminals Thursday as people waited hours to reach security checkpoints, where they were ordered to dump their water bottles, suntan lotion and even toothpaste following the discovery of a terror plot in Britain.

Guards armed with rifles stood at the security checkpoints in several airports.

The governors of California and Massachusetts said they were sending the National Guard to bolster security at major airports, and New York's governor was considering doing the same. Security workers at Baltimore/Washington Airport opened every carry-on bag that passed through one terminal, and all the morning flights there were delayed.

"It's better alive than dead," said Bob Chambers, whose flight from Baltimore to Detroit for business meeting was delayed more than an hour. "It's inconvenient, but we'll make it."

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