Thursday, August 10, 2006

and the world turns upside down yet again.

OK, so today my husband got an email from the company travel organizer warning about new emergency regulations for flights out of Britain. I know that security needs to be tight, and I also know they just reported an airplane bomb plot was thwarted but put yourself in the position of someone, say, going from the UK to Houston. And now read these rules, and wonder, seriously, how the hell you are going to be anywhere near comfortable for the very long flight. No iPod, no purse! No liquid items AT ALL....I know I am fairly dependent on my eye drops. No makeup, ladies! Are books allowed? A guy from Australia in one of the news articles said he was was facing a 24 hour flight with nothing to read. Isn't that one version of hell?

What about theft issues when you are forced to check your computer and electronic equipment? iPods are easy little things to steal! Anyway, below are the rules. I hope they don't last too long, as I am going to London end of this month.
Oh Damn. I just saw this...I am so hosed. And a good friend of mine is due to go to Yorkshire tomorrow early in the AM. I just called her to warn her to check what's going on....

Here is a briefing from BA regarding hand baggage.

British Airways, acting on instruction from the UK Government, wishes to advise passengers that no items of hand baggage can be carried on board any aircraft departing any UK airport.

The UK Government has advised that this instruction will apply to ALL AIRLINES operating from UK airports.

Passengers may only take through the airport security search point, the following items:

Travel documents essential for the journey (eg passports, tickets and visas)
Pocket sized wallets and pocked sized purses plus contents (for example money, credit cards and identity cards). HANDBAGS ARE NOT PERMITTED.
Prescribed medicines essential for the duration of the flight, except in liquid form unless verified as authentic.
Spectacles and sunglasses, without cases.
Contact lenses, without bottles of solution.
For those traveling with an infant: baby food, milk and sanitary items essential for the flight.
Keys (but no electrical key fobs).

EVERY OTHER ITEM must be carried in customer’s hold luggage.

For clarity, passengers are advised that no electrical or battery powered items including laptops, mobile phones, ipods, remote controls etc can be carried in the cabin and must be checked in as HOLD LUGGAGE.

Customers are advised to check-in as normal but to expect delays at all UK airports.

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