Airport Security - Over reaction?

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11. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Just been checking a few flights in and out of Heathrow from Belfast (my other half is due to fly home tonight!) but so far it seems that everything at least with bmi is running albeit with the max so far of 30 min delay. So it looks as though we are returning to some semblence of normality.

Still the ban on hand luggage though. Has anyone any idea how long this hand luggage ban is likely to go on for? Do you think its indefinate? Im flying in 2 weeks time to England so short haul flight so l dont mind having nothing, it would be a major issue for me when we fly to Australia at Christmas.........

If the airlines stop us bringing liquids on board they are really going to have to step up the rounds of water for passengers or make it readily available - perhaps provide airline approved and sealed water bottles with a water fountain area for passengers to fill up...........

12. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, what am I gonna wash down those salty peanuts with?

13. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting james

Yeah, what am I gonna wash down those salty peanuts with?

You get peanuts????????? You lucky person, you!!! We get pretzels (YUCK!!!) or odd mixed snack stuff - otherwise known as crunchy mystery things. Too many people with peanut allergies these days so no more peanuts. I remember when they used to hand out apples or oranges as the snack.

Isa returns this thread to it's originally scheduled topic.

14. Posted by jooku1 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Do we really have to check in our laptops now? Can imagine it being smashed to bits:(:(

15. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'd rather be inconvenienced and alive than dead with all my hand luggage.

16. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Im sure no one minds the inconvenience at present due to security but longer term these arrangements need to be clarified for travellers.

Travellers with lap tops etc having to check them in - who is going to cover them for insurance when the baggage handlers throw the cases the way they do.

What about luggage weight levels - they may be waived at present but airlines will not do this indefinately, this will drive weight in holds up, result in more fuel being needed to fly, with cost of fuel at moment prices will rise.

Baggage handlers now can only lift certain weights due to health and safety so bags cannot be over a certain weight.

I think there must be a common sense approach. Ban all liquids carried on to flights by passengers - airlines MUST supply water/beverages, no electronics - this will affect the business travel market which in todays gobal economy is essential - laptops, pdas, mobiles yadda yadda - so this must be over come and having this equipment in the hold isnt really suitable. Items such as books, playing cards etc should be allowed. Scan all passengers and check all their baggage. Employ more security check staff, increase check in times to meet the demands of security checks, install better security scanning equipment. I dont mind queuing and answering all questions, exposing my feet to security checks, but some hand luggage is essential for travellers. Although l do agree that hand bagage should be cut down on - the things some people try to take as carry on is absolutely ridcidulous to be honest.

It will be interesting to see the guidelines issued by Governments on hand-baggage and travel over the next few weeks.

17. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, I understand the high alert business and the ban on certain items, but I'm still puzzled as to why books fall into the list. I don't know how I can pass time on the plane without doing a spot of reading.

Now I'm having second thoughts on the trip to the UK in November...

18. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Gross Inconvenience
3-4 hour check-ins, no hand luggage allowed, the possibility of full-body searches and that nagging tingle of fear which may last 1 - 13 hours between take-off and landing depending on the length of your flight.

Terminal Inconvenience
finding yourself strapped into a seat in the broken-off tail section plummetting 30,000+ feet into the North Atlantic.

Welcome to the Compassionate and Merciful New World of Islamism, the 21st Century's future.

Get used to it.

19. Posted by Steve404 (Budding Member 14 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

When Dad flies which he does often for Business, he spends that 14 hour flight working on his laptop, working. You can get quite abit of work done during this time. Companies will suffer aswell should this laptop ban stay in place.

20. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

My other half flew back via Heathrow to Belfast - he checked in early at Heathrow and said check in was a bit manic, but once through he said security was not bad - just take off your shoes and belt to be scanned and everyone was checked out.

For NON USA flights you can buy books, papers etc air side but if you are flying to United States (lm not sure about Canada) you can buy nothing. Note you cannot take on electronics or any food/water/liquid!

He was delayed yesterday only by 15-20minutes and no flights domestic anyway were cancelled.

Oh and he had to check in his lap top and mobile/cell - they all came out the otherside ok!!

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 12, 2006 2:20 AM by Purdy ]