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Travel expert: Change to liquids on flights rules 'tiny'

Travel expert Simon Calder says that changes to the rules on liquids in hand luggage are so minor that "you're much better off just thinking nothing's changed".

The Independent's travel editor told Daybreak that the changes risked creating "yet more confusion":

'Sealed duty-free liquids' allowed in hand luggage

Gradual changes to restrictions on liquids in hand luggage are being brought in from today.

Changes include:

  • Certain duty free liquids - those coming from outside the EU and being transferred in EU airports to a connecting flight - can be carried through provided they are sealed in the security bag when bought.
  • If the sealed bag is tampered with, passengers will need to produce a receipt.
  • In future, medicines in bottles larger than a 100mls will simply need to be presented for screening before being allowed on board.
  • Australia, Canada and the US will also screen duty free liquids sealed in security bags by 31 January as well.

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Restrictions on liquids in hand luggage begin to be lifted

The 100ml limit on liquids in airport hand luggage will gradually begin to be lifted from today, it has emerged.

The ban was imposed after a failed terrorist attack in 2006. Credit: PA

An EU ban on liquids in hand luggage was due to be lifted on 29 April last year, but was postponed by the European Commission.

However, duty-free bought liquids, such as aerosols, will now be allowed to go through airport security, so long as they are in a sealed bag.

Restrictions began in 2006 when a terror plot was uncovered to activate bombs disguised as drinks in hand luggage on at least seven flights from the UK to North America.

The EU plans to lift all restrictions by 2016.

London airports to learn what charges they may face

Air passengers will today be given the first indication of how fares will change over the next five years at the capital's three main airports.

Passengers queueing at Heathrow's Terminal 5 Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will outline its initial proposals for how much airlines will be charged for using London's three main airports between 2014 and 2019.

The plans will have an impact on fares at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports - the only three airports that are regulated by the CAA.

A final decision is due in January next year.

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Passengers advised to check status of US flights

Passengers planning to fly to the east coast of the USA are being advised to check their flight status before leaving for the airport.

Snowstorm Nemo has led to a number of flight cancellations and delays.

Flybe boss: Decision to cut 300 jobs 'not taken lightly'

I am extremely disappointed that many valued and hard-working colleagues may have to leave the organisation.

It's a decision the board and I have not taken lightly; it's one we have tried to avoid and it is the first time in almost 30 years of business that we have had to take such action.

– Jim French, chairman and chief executive of Flybe

UK-based airline Flybe to axe 300 jobs

Around 300 jobs are to be axed at regional airline Flybe as it battles to slash costs by £35 million to stem losses.

The Exeter-based carrier announced plans to cut around 10% of its 3,000-strong UK workforce and is considering outsourcing further support functions, including ground handling and onboard catering.

Flybe plans to cut 10% of its 3,000-strong UK workforce Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Support and production roles such as human resources and IT will be affected by the jobs cull, while around a fifth of its management team is being cut.

The group is also putting its network of 13 UK bases under review and will give further details in the summer.

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