After it was announced yesterday that terrorists tried to blow up several planes flying to US, air travel to and from UK has been disrupted. Flights are cancelled or delayed and securities are stricter.

If you need to use some of the UK airports and are looking for information on the current status, try the website of the airline you are flying with and website of the airport you are supposed to depart from.

The usual rules about hand luggage do not apply, since that was the way terrorists wanted to smuggle explosives aboard. Basically you can take only essential items in one transparent bag.

These items are:

* Pocket-size wallets and pocket-size purses (with money, credit cards, identity cards etc.)
* Travel documents (passports and travel tickets)
* Prescription medicines and medical items essential for the flight (eg, 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 if unboxed
* Tissues (unboxed) and/or handkerchiefs
* Keys (but no electrical key fobs).

Notice that you can’t take liquids aboard and do not put anything in pockets.

All passengers will be hand searched and their footwear, all items they are carrying including pushchairs and walking aids will be X- ray screened. Only airport-provided wheelchairs may pass through the screening point. Passengers flying to US will be searched again on the boarding gate.

As you may imagine significant delays at airports are inevitable.

I sincerely hope that everything will turn to normal soon and I wish you a safe flight! :-)

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