Travel insurance: Luggage restrictions to be eased

Thursday, 14 September 2006

Luggage restrictions imposed recently on air travellers are likely to be relaxed over the next few days.

The government and airline companies are working towards passengers being able to carry hand luggage and a limited range of liquids before next week.

Strict restrictions on airline luggage were imposed on the August 10th after security concerns promoted fears of a plot to blow-up planes using liquid chemicals. The emergency measures caused chaos for airline staff and lead to lengthy delays for a number of passengers, especially those planning to take transatlantic flights.

A spokesman for the department for transport said: "The measures we introduced in August were in response to a very real and serious terrorist threat which continues. Since then the department for transport has been working closely with the aviation industry to see if there are any practical steps that can be taken to lessen the burden while not compromising on security."

He added: "We will be meeting with industry representatives next week to present to them new proposals aimed at lessening the burden on both passengers and operators."

Holidaymakers are reminded that travel insurance is still necessary and is vital in providing compensation for any lost baggage as well as any unforeseen medical emergency expenses.

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