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Saturday, 15 September, 2001, 20:41 GMT 21:41 UK
Chaos as hundreds queue for US flights
Heathrow Airport
Queues formed outside Terminal 4 at Heathrow
Many transatlantic passengers remained stranded at UK airports on Saturday night in spite of the resumption of flights to and from the United States.

Earlier in the day Heathrow Airport was thrown into chaos as hundreds of people queued for the first few flights to US following Tuesday's terrorists attacks.

Emotions were high among the passengers - many of them American desperate to get home.

At one point a terminal at Heathrow airport had to be closed temporarily due to overcrowding.

There was some good news as BA announced it would run 27 services on Sunday and its four usual flights to Canada.

It means the airline is operating at 70% of its usual service from Heathrow and more than 80% from Gatwick.

The first flight will be at 0845 BST bound for JFK airport in New York.

Banned items

British Midland resumed flights to Chicago and Washington from Manchester Airport on Saturday.

American and United Airlines are both running flights as is Virgin Atlantic.

Airlines are warning passengers to expect delays of at least three hours, due to the extra security measures.

Forbidden cabin items
Replica guns
Household cutlery
Letter openers
Razor blades
Tradesmen's tools
Knitting needles
Sports rackets
Cricket bats
Golf clubs
Snooker cues
Corkscrews with blades

A definitive list of items now banned from being taken into aircraft cabins has been released and passengers are urged to comply with them.

The list includes toy or replica guns (plastic or metal), as well as household cutlery and knives with blades of any length.

Also banned are letter openers, razor blades, tradesmen's tools, darts, scissors, knitting needles and sports goods such as rackets, cricket bats and golf clubs.

Passengers found with these items will be asked to place them in their hold luggage or have them confiscated if they have only hand luggage with them.


Airlines are aiming to give priority, on compassionate grounds, to those trying to get back to the States to find out about loved ones caught up in the tragic events in New York and Washington.

James Helm, reporting for BBC News 24 at Heathrow, said: ''People are getting quite emotional; they are very, very anxious to get home.

Passengers waiting at airport
Some passengers have been stranded for three days

He said people were trying to be patient but were filled with anxiety and frustration.

Among the Americans waiting to fly home was Classic car dealer Grant Woods, 38, from Santa Monica.

He said: "You don't stand in a long queue by choice but you don't have any control over it. We are on a priority stand-by but if we can't get this one then we'll just have to get the next."

Lynne Rahn from Los Angeles, who has been on holiday with her husband Walter, was due to fly back on 13 September.

''It's frustrating but you have to take it in context: it's nothing compared with losing loved ones or being in the twin towers."

The BBC's Sue Littlemore
"Passengers who wanted to check in had to queue to join the queue"
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