BAA bans cosmetics on planes

The operator of Britain’s main airports banned all passengers’ cosmetics unless they were bought at shops in the departure lounge, The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday. Travellers are now forbidden from taking talcum powder, lipstick, eyeliner and mascara through security checks, in a move designed to end confusion, according to a spokesman for the British Airports Authority, which operates London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

All of the items except lipstick had been exempt from a wide-ranging ban imposed nearly two weeks ago in the wake of Britain’s announcement that it had foiled a terror plot involving blowing up US-bound passenger jets, The Daily Telegraph said.

On August 10, Britain arrested 24 people in connection with the alleged plot and raised its terror alert level to “critical”—its highest—leading to elevated security levels at the country’s airports.

The alert level has since been lowered and two of the 24 have been released without charge, but many of the travel restrictions remain.