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Passengers flying to the US are being advised to arrive for their flight earlier than usual as new tighter security measures come into force from Wednesday 19th July. Travellers will face more vigorous screening, particularly of large electronic devices.
If you are flying from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia or Turkey to the UK (inbound not outbound), you will not be able to carry laptops, tablets and larger mobile phones in your hand baggage on these flights. In addition, the UK government has also said that certain items known as peripheral devices (which can be attached to a laptop, tablet or larger mobile phone) are also subject to new security requirements.
PLEASE BE GUIDED ACCORDINGLY.
The UK will follow the US and ban items such as laptops, tablets and other portable devices from some UK-bound flights.
The UK has announced a ban on certain electronic devices being carried on aircraft flying into the UK from six countries.
Passengers won"t be allowed to carry on laptops, tablets, and other portable devices, but mobile phones will be allowed.
The UK ban will apply to inbound direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, a Government spokesperson said.
Passengers travelling from the above countries will not be allowed to bring electronic devices that are more than 16cm long, 9.3cm wide and 1.5cm in depth into the cabin. Any larger items will have to be checked in.
The move follows the United States which has imposed the restrictions on flights originating in Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Doha and Istanbul.
The US has given airlines 96 hours, beginning at 07:00 GMT on Tuesday, to implement the ban, which officials said had no end date.
A reminder that all British Airways’ services operate to and from Gatwick Terminal South from today, Wednesday 25th January 2017.
Gatwick South has had an extensive re-fit ready for the move with check-in located in Zones A and C, including 12 self-service bag drops. A designated Premium check-in area is available in Zone A.
Please note that the brand new British Airways lounge facility that was planned to be open for the terminal move, this is now expected to open shortly.
In the meantime, First and Gold card customers, plus oneworld equivalent, will be invited to use the No1 Clubrooms lounge in the South Terminal. In addition, all eligible customers travelling to New York (JFK), Bermuda (BDA) and Jersey (JER) may also make use of this lounge.
All other customers travelling in Club and Silver card holders, plus oneworld equivalent, will be invited into the Speedbird lounge, which is a temporary lounge dedicated for the use of BA customers.
All British Airways customers will be able to fly to their destinations on Tuesday January 10 and Wednesday January 11 despite proposed industrial action by Unite.
All flights to and from London Gatwick will operate as normal
All flights to and from London City will operate as normal
The vast majority of flights to and from London Heathrow will operate as normal
As part of our contingency plan, we will be merging a very small number of flights to and from Heathrow. This will mean some customers will travel slightly earlier or later in the day than their original booking
Customers affected are being contacted with the options available for them.
Customers should be advised to check MMB for the status of their flight.
Our congratulatioins to BA management in finding a solution to this unacceptable action.
Unite has announced that it intends to hold industrial action involving one of our five cabin crew fleets on Sunday 25 December and Monday 26 December 2016.
British Airways is planning to operate all flights across the strike period.
All flights to/from London Gatwick (LGW) and all flights operated by BA CityFlyer to/from London City (LCY) are not affected.
British AIrways is currently reviewing our shorthaul services to/from London Heathrow.
Please continue to check the link above for further updates.
British Airways is extremely disappointed that the trade union Unite is creating uncertainty for our customers. Mixed Fleet Unite represents about 15 per cent of our cabin crew.We remain focused on resolving this issue as quickly as possible without any disruption to customers. We would like to reassure our customers that we have a range of contingency plans in place and will operate the vast majority of our flights as planned if Unite acts upon the result of this ballot.Currently all flights are operating as normal and therefore all of our normal terms and conditions apply.Mixed Fleet cabin crew are based at London Heathrow. Therefore services to/from London Gatwick, London City and London Stansted airports are not affected.
Under UK law Unite must give at least seven days’ notice of any period of industrial action. If Unite chooses to announce a period of industrial action, then we will publish full details of our revised flight schedule to give any affected customers the opportunity to adjust their travel plans.
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