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Are you thinking of deferring non-essential travel to the UK/US?

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Homer

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Have the increased alert levels, carry-on baggage restrictions and security measures for flights out of or through the UK and to the US caused anyone to consider deferring non-essential (eg leisure) travel to the UK or the US?

We have a DONE4 scheduled for September/October which will take us into and out of LHR about four times, plus five sectors within the US, and as we will be unable to carry-on toys for our 7 month old daughter to play with not to mention the terrorist threat that still remains, we are considering delaying our journey.

I understand that those of us who must travel for business may not have this decision to make, but I would be interested to hear opinions from others on this forum about their leisure travel plans.
 

Kiwi Flyer

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I'm in similar situation. DONE5 (and other tickets) with multiple transits through LHR and many flights to, from and within US.

While I am keeping an eye on things, I do not envisage cancelling or changing my itinerary. I do not think there is any real safety risk. There is much more chance of being in an accident on the way to the airport (or to work) than on a flight. The risk hasn't gone up just because an alleged plot was uncovered last week.

The carry on restrictions are changing quite frequently, and I expect several more changes before my trip (also Sept/Oct). The current restrictions are on liquids and gels, and for travel from UK on quantity (1 piece per person) and size (quite small - backpack size). In the unlikely event this is unchanged by the time of my trip I will have to change what I bring and make some special arrangements to ensure as well as possible my baggage makes some tight connections - but it does appear to be manageable for me at this point. (If there was zero carry on like at the weekend that would have been much more challenging).
 

Mal

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Nothing is changing for me traveling wise.

Still heading over to the U.S shortly, still planning on heading back August next year. Maybe a trip via LHR in the first 1/2 of the year.

(blend of work related and personal travel, but the work related travel is entirely optional - conferences etc).

I have a fairly simple philosophy - "When my time is up, it's up". If I happen to be on a plane that is targeted, then there is nothing I can do about the situation. As morbid as it may be, I think I have a higher chance of being in an accident, serious crime or have health complications than be a terrorism target.

When we stop traveling, their job is complete. Why should I ruin my plans for something that most likely won't eventuate?

I realise things may be different for other people.

As for the carry-on stuff, I think we'll see the current carryon limits kept for a while ex-UK and maybe made more permanently. Watch the situation closely - it does seem to change every few days.
 

Tiki

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I agree with Mal's philosophy. Nothing would stop me from travelling except lack of funds. However, I do prefer to go carry on only with no checked bags if possible except on the return flight when I will have all the shopping so need full use of checked bags.
 
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