How do you know where the troops were mostly deployed, aside from brief glimpse on the news?
Did you drive around in concentric circles away from LHR
Most were not in the central area.
I only live here of course, only have colleagues who were privy to BA
operational meetings about security around this period, what do I know compared to a quick news soundbite?
SAM's were suspected of being one method of attack, but not the only one, ever heard of suicide bombers in cars for example?
Yes it was to create an impression, or deterrence, on the surface, but there was rather more to it than what you saw on the news.
As I said, I've lived and worked around here a long time, troop deployments are not as unusual as you clearly think, just that this time there was more press attention.
Remember at the same time BA
Kenya flights were stopped, the same country where AQ
did launch SAMs at a 757 a few months before.