THIS IS FROM THE EXCEL AIRWAYS SITE.....
Current Security Situation at UK Airports
The Department for Transport have advised that with immediate effect the threat level for all civil aviation in the UK has been reduced.
As a result, the aviation security measures needing to be applied are amended.
There are a number of differences in the measures to be applied - the most significant one being that cabin baggage will be permitted though on a strictly limited basis with defined maximum dimensions for bags.
These measures replace those published on the 12th of August with immediate effect.
The following arrangements apply to all passengers starting their journey at a UK airport and to those transferring from international flights at a UK airport.
These measures remain under review.
Please read the important information at the end of this message.
Each passenger is permitted to carry ONE item of cabin baggage through the airport security search point (NB Subject to the bag dimensions set out below, a bag or bags contained within a bag may be deemed to be one item of cabin baggage).
The dimensions of this item must not exceed a maximum length of 45cm, width of 35 cm and depth of 16 cm (including wheels, handles, side pockets etc).
All items carried by passengers must be x-ray screened.
No liquids of any type are permitted other than the following items:
• Essential prescription medicines in liquid form sufficient for the flight as long as verified as authentic.
• Baby milk and baby food sufficient and essential for the flight (the
contents or bottle of each jar must be tasted by the accompanying passenger).
The definition of liquids includes gels, pastes, lotions, liquid/solid mixtures and the contents of pressurised containers, e.g. toothpaste, hair gel, drinks, soups, syrups, perfume, deodorant, shaving foam, aerosols, etc.
To help reduce any delays through search points passengers are encouraged not to include items capable of containing liquids (eg bottles, flasks, tubs, cans, plastic containers etc).
All laptops and large electrical items (e.g. large hairdryer) must be removed from the bag and placed in a tray so that such items neither obscure nor are obscured by the bag.
Pushchairs and walking aids are permitted but must be x-ray screened. Wheelchairs are permitted but must be thoroughly searched.
In addition to the above, passengers boarding flights to the US and items they are carrying, including those acquired after the central screening point, will be subjected to secondary search at the gate. Any liquids discovered will be removed from the passenger.
The Department for Transport says it will work closely with operators to introduce these new arrangements, seeking to keep disruption to passengers to a minimum. They say they will keep these measures under review.
Excel Airways is doing everything possible to ensure on time departures. However, due to the current situation delays are inevitable, some of which may be significant. Passengers should ensure that their luggage is in line with the new requirements before arriving at the airport and must allow themselves sufficient extra time.
All Excel Airways flights have operated during this period, and there has been no need to cancel any of our services to this point.
We will continue to do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition through the airport, but we would ask passengers to be patient and to cooperate fully with all airport security requests.
Last Updated 14 August 2006 - 13:00