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Last Updated: Friday, 11 August 2006, 05:29 GMT 06:29 UK
Latest advice for air travellers
Heathrow Airport
Strict security measures are likely to remain in place over the coming days with Britain on the highest state of alert.

There are expected to be continued long delays, and many cancellations at UK airports.

Airlines are appealing for travellers to check the new security guidelines before travelling, so as to reduce delays at the airport.

  • Breakfast will continue to bring you the latest information on Friday's programme, and over the weekend,

  • And we've got the latest security precautions here on the website


    Events are changing rapidly - check this page for links to websites, the Department for Transport's full guidelines, and other organisations that will be able to help with advice and information.

  • Delays

  • Are likely to continue and be severe - check with your airline, tour operator or travel information.

    If travelling from the UK you should expect long delays today (Friday), but check in as normal and read the full guidelines below to help speed up your check-in

  • Main points to remember

    Heathrow airport
    The scene at Heathrow early Thursday morning

    All hand luggage will have to be checked-in with your hold luggage.

    You will only be allowed to take a small, clear plastic bags with essential items such as medication and a wallet or small purse

  • You will not be able to take a mobile phone or laptop computer on board and aircraft today, and it's not known how long the strict security will be in place for

    The Department for Transport's new security measures

    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 but 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 (e.g., 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: e.g. tampons, pads, towels and wipes and 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

  • Pushchairs and walking aids must be X-ray screened, and only airport-provided wheelchairs may pass through the screening point

  • In addition, 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 a secondary search at the boarding gate. Any liquids discovered (will) be taken from the passenger

  • There are no changes to current hold baggage security measures

    The DfT's weblink is below

  • Information from government websites

  • Websites may be hard to access due to volume of people trying at once -


  • BAA
    Is responsible for London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted airports; and Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton. You will be able to get more information from its website - at time of writing it is very hard to connect to because of the number of people trying to access it.
  • The Security Service
    MI5, has raised the threat level in the UK to 'critical' - the highest

  • The Metropolitan Police

  • The Metropolitan Police has put a news briefing about the anti-terrorism operation to prevent aircraft from being blown up on its website.

  • British Airways

  • The airline is appealing for people who do not need to fly to make alternative arrangements, and there are likely to be more delays throughout Friday - check the airline's website

  • Air Transport Users Council

  • The AUC is the consumer watchdog for the aviation industry - it's part of the CAA's website

  • ABTA

  • The Association of British Travel Agents - ABTA - has information on its website regarding the disruption for holidaymakers.

  • The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites

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