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The UK has raised their terrorist threat rating to critical. As a result of this, all hand baggage is banned from UK flights with immediate effect. You are allowed one ...
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    Major UK air disruptions

    The UK has raised their terrorist threat rating to critical. As a result of this, all hand baggage is banned from UK flights with immediate effect. You are allowed one clear plastic bag with a very restricted range of items.

    Here are the 'rules' (edited in):
    Following this morning's police action, security at all UK airports has been increased and additional security measures have been put in place for all flights.


    With immediate effect, the following arrangements apply to all passengers starting their journey at a UK airport and to those transferring between flights at a UK airport.
    All cabin baggage must be processed as hold baggage and carried in the hold of passenger aircraft departing UK airports.

    Passengers may take through the airport security search point, in a single (ideally transparent) plastic carrier bag, only the following items. Nothing may be carried in pockets:
    Pocket-size wallets and pocket-size purses plus contents (for example money, credit cards, identity cards etc (not handbags)
    Travel documents essential for the journey (for example passports and travel tickets)
    Prescription medicines and medical items sufficient and essential for the flight (eg, diabetic kit), except in liquid form unless verified as authentic
    Spectacles and sunglasses, without cases
    Contact lens holders, without bottles of solution
    For those travelling with an infant: baby food, milk (the contents of each bottle must be tasted by the accompanying passenger) and sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight (nappies, wipes, creams and nappy disposal bags)
    Female sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight, if unboxed (eg tampons, pads, towels and wipes)
    Tissues (unboxed) and/or handkerchiefs
    Keys (but no electrical key fobs).

    All passengers must be hand searched, and their footwear and all the items they are carrying must be X-ray screened.

    In addition to the above, all passengers boarding flights to the USA and all the items they are carrying, including those acquired after the central screening point, must be subjected to secondary search at the boarding gate.
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    Re: Major UK air disruptions

    Here is a link to a news.com.au story on this topic.


    Quote Originally Posted by news.com.au
    BRITISH police say they have foiled a plot to smuggle explosive devices in airline hand luggage to blow up planes in mid-flight.


    The targets were said to have been flights between the Britain and the US.

    Overnight police have arrested a number of people in London and there has been a massive security clampdown on all flights leaving Britain.

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    Re: Major UK air disruptions

    Apparantly Heathrow is now closed for arrivals, so anyone heading off tonight from oz might want to reconsider travelling later mayhaps ( found on FT: AIM Detail )

    For those travelling QF , those booked for travel to UK before 16 AUG may defer or change free of charge; see faq 540 http://qantas.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/...php?p_faqid=540

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    Re: Major UK air disruptions

    I make no comment about the "right-ness" or "wrong-ness" of such reactions, but I am horrified - if that's the right word - at the idea of flying all the way from, say, Heathrow to Changi with only the airline's crappy headphones and the in-flight "magazine" for entertainment.

    But I would much rather be safe and alive than bored.

    I wonder what they are doing about duty-free pruchases? [Rhetorical question]

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    Re: Major UK air disruptions

    I wonder what they are doing about duty-free pruchases?
    I've just been watching CNN and they said that all liquid in bottles is being removed from pax at the security point and again when boarding the aircraft, so I'd assume duty-free isn't happening at the moment (by the sounds of things, all sales in the departures areas are off)

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    Re: Major UK air disruptions

    Urgent advice for customers travelling on flights to or from the United States of America

    Aug 10, 2006
    Singapore Airlines is advising customers traveling on flights to or from the United States of America that the following security arrangements are in place with immediate effect, by order of the Transportation Security Administration:
    Passengers may not carry any liquids or gels past security screening points at airports except: Baby formula, breast milk or juice for a small child or infant;
    Prescription medicines bearing the name that matches that of the passengerís ticket;
    Insulin and other essential non-prescription medicines
    No liquids or gels apart from those listed above, and including drinks or items purchased at the airport can be taken on board the aircraft.
    Beverages, shampoo, suntan lotions, creams, toothpaste, hair gel and other items of a similar consistency are not permitted in the cabin. These items must be carried in checked baggage.
    All footwear must be x-ray screened, except for people with disabilities, in which case the footwear must be subject to special screening. Due to the stringent security screening processes, Singapore Airlines is advising customers to check in early and to be prepared for delays. Further updates will be provided as they become available.

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    Re: Major UK air disruptions

    I know nothing about bomb making, but what's wrong with taking toothpaste, hair gels, or other liquids etc on board as hang luggage? How is that a threat?

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    Re: Major UK air disruptions

    Eg: Phillipine Airlines 434. The bomb was taken onboard in liquid form (can't remember the name of the chemical) in a bottle of contact lense sollution. Terrorist attached a wristwatch operated detonator and the bomb exploded on the next leg of the flight. Fortunatley it was planted a few rows forward of the intended location (above the centre fuel tank) so the aircraft managed to land. Apparantly PAL434 was a "test" for a larger attack on American airliners.

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    Re: Major UK air disruptions

    Quote Originally Posted by kyle
    I know nothing about bomb making, but what's wrong with taking toothpaste, hair gels, or other liquids etc on board as hang luggage? How is that a threat?
    I guess it is because terrorists can hide things inside the toothpaste tube, hair gel bottle etc.

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    I see...

    When I think of a bomb, I think of a black spherical thingy with a wick sticking out the top...

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