easyJet pulls all Thursday flights

As a result of the severe congestion caused by increased security checks
at all UK airports, easyJet has announced that all flights
from London Gatwick, Luton and Stansted are cancelled for the rest of
the today.The company issued the following statement to passengers:

“If you are booked to travel from any of these London airports, please do
NOT go to the airport - you can use our website to transfer your flight
to another day or to claim a refund.

“For all other regional bases easyJet asks all passengers to check its
website (at www.easyJet.com) for information
before departing for the airport. The airline is publishing all
cancellations on its website.

“easyJet advice for passengers:

“If your flight is cancelled, please do not go the airport -  you can use
our website to book another flight or to claim a refund

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“If your flight is operating please be prepared for disruption, allow
plenty of time for getting to the airport and present yourself at check
in two hours prior to the scheduled time of departure.

“Passengers must also reconsider what baggage they are carrying today -
with immediate effect NO hand-baggage will be allowed on aircraft. Only
certain essential items will be allowed into the cabin - provided they
are contained in transparent plastic bags, which will be issued at
airports. All other items are required to be packed into hold baggage
and checked-in on arrival at the airport.

“Passengers and hand baggage

“The following arrangements apply to all passengers starting their
journey at a UK airport and to those transferring between flights at a
UK airport.

“With immediate effect all cabin baggage must be processed as hold
baggage and carried in the hold of passenger aircraft departing UK
airports

“Passengers may take through the airport security search point, in a
single (ideally transparent) plastic carrier bag, only the following
items.

“Nothing may be carried in pockets:

*      pocket size wallets and pocket size purses plus contents (for
example money, credit cards, identity cards etc (not handbags));
*      travel documents essential for the journey (for example
passports and travel tickets);
*      prescription medicines and medical items sufficient and
essential for the flight (e.g., diabetic kit), except in liquid form
unless verified as authentic.
*      spectacles and sunglasses, without cases.
*      contact lens holders, without bottles of solution.
*      for those travelling with an infant: baby food, milk (the
contents of each bottle must be tasted by the accompanying passenger)
and sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight (nappies,
wipes, creams and nappy disposal bags).
*      female sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight,
if unboxed (e.g. tampons, pads, towels and wipes).
*      tissues (unboxed) and/or handkerchiefs
*      keys (but no electrical key fobs)

“All passengers must be hand searched, and their footwear and all the
items they are carrying must be x-ray screened. Any activation of the
archway metal detector must be fully resolved. Formal NSM protocols are
suspended with immediate effect to free up staff resources for passenger
searching duties.

“However, any items rejected by the x-ray screener must be hand searched
and subject to trace detection where available.

“Pushchairs and walking aids must be x-ray screened, and only
airport-provided wheelchairs may pass through the screening point

“easyJet would like to thank its passengers in advance for their
patience and co-operation in these extraordinary circumstances, whilst
these new measures are implemented.”
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