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IT fault means BA passengers forced to fly without bags

Thousands of British Airways passengers have been forced to fly without their bags.

For several hours the baggage system in Heathrow's Terminal 5 has been out of operation because of an IT problem, according to the airline.

The problem is with the belts. Passengers have been able to check-in bags but they have not been able to process them. It means passengers are flying without luggage.

BA says the problem is now "just about" fixed. A spokesman apologised and said flights were not affected. Similar problems marked the opening of Terminal 5.