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Friday, 14 September, 2001, 22:16 GMT 23:16 UK
Transatlantic flights resume
The scene of the twin towers in New York
Many thousands are feared dead in New York
Transatlantic flights between the Scotland and the US are slowly returning to normal.

The first flight to the US since Tuesday's terrorist attacks took off from Glasgow airport on Friday afternoon.

Among the first flights out of Glasgow was the American Airlines flight to Chicago which turned back to Glasgow Airport when news of the World Trade Centre atrocity broke.

And on Friday evening the first flight from the UK into New York itself was a British Airways plane from Heathrow to collect passengers stranded in the city since Tuesday.

Passenger waiting at airport
Flights are beginning to return to normal
Transatlantic air traffic has been building slowly throughout the day and Virgin Airways say they expect to be running a full service from Saturday.

But BA's decision to suspend all flights to Islamabad until further notice demonstrates the growing concern as the world waits for America to take her revenge.

An Air Canada flight departed from Glasgow Airport bound for Toronto on Thursday night, followed by further flights to the country on Friday.

It is understood that the airlines were trying to contact the passengers who were to travel on the aircraft and prioritise who should be given a seat.

Hijacked planes

All flights in the US were grounded after hijacked planes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington - killing thousands.

UK airports operator BAA has advised passengers flying from the UK not to pack any sharp items - including knives, scissors, nail files and razor blades - in their hand luggage.

A spokesman said: "They can check with their airline or their departure airport on what can be carried on board and if in any doubt, should pack items in their hold luggage."


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