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    Air travel rules likely to ease next week
    Wednesday September 13, 05:20 PM

    LONDON (Reuters) - The government is likely to announce an easing of air travel rules next week after security was tightened last month in the wake of what police said was a foiled plot to bomb airliners.

    "We intend to announce new regulations next week," a spokesman for the Department for Transport (DfT) said on Wednesday. A ban on liquids in hand luggage and smaller limits on the size of carry-on bags was imposed last month. Regarding this, the spokesman said, "We always said we would keep those (steps) under review."

    A meeting of government and airline industry officials is set for Monday, and the DfT spokesman said an announcement on revised rules was likely later in the week.Airport operator BAA, which owns London's Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports, said it expected the restrictions to be eased within 24 hours of Monday's meeting.

    "We welcome any move by the DfT which they feel is appropriate and has the added benefit of making passengers' journeys easier," a BAA spokesman said.

    One airline source told Reuters that the government had indicated that the restrictions on luggage and liquids would be eased. "We are expecting something to happen next week," the source said.

    More than 2,000 flights were cancelled in Britain last month after the government ordered tighter checks on passengers and luggage. British Airways estimated its lost revenues and the cost of hotel rooms for stranded passengers and of repatriating lost luggage at 40 million pounds ($74.95 million). BAA said the extra security and lost revenues had cost it an estimated 13 million pounds.

    Budget carriers such as Ryanair and easyJet in particular rely on rapid airport turnaround times to maximise profits. "We strongly welcome a return to normal for all flights from the UK," a Ryanair spokesman said.

    (Additional reporting by Michael Smith)

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    Default Re: Relaxing baggage restrictions?

    Dam it comes just too late for us, I really wanted to be able to take my vioin on with me, ah well murphy's law strikes again

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    Default Re: Relaxing baggage restrictions?

    Hi, I didn't have time to read this but with the baggage, we were quite a bit over with our luggage, I even took an extra case and was prepared to pay the fee, but no problem, no fee!
    Debra

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