Travel

Holy Kw@p.

Had you heard we’re flying to Heathrow tomorrow?

Edited to add:

(from the American Airlines website)

The following measures apply to all passengers starting their journey
at a UK airport and to those transferring between flights at a UK
airport and from anywhere connecting in the US to the UK.

Nothing may be carried in passengers’ pockets. Passengers may only take
the following items through the airport security checkpoint, in a
single (ideally transparent) plastic carrier bag:

  • pocket size wallets and pocket size purses plus contents (money, credit cards, identity cards, etc. but not handbags) 
  • travel documents essential for the journey (passports and travel tickets)
  • prescription medicines and medical items sufficient and
    essential for the flight (a diabetic kit for example), 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 (wipes,
    creams, disposal bags)
  • female sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight, if unboxed
  • tissues (unboxed) and/or handkerchiefs
  • keys (but no electrical key fobs)


There will be no liquids or gels allowed to/from the UK.

28 thoughts on “Holy Kw@p.”

  1. My first thought on hearing this news: have I any students in UK airports right now? no, good. Phew.
    My second: my Songbird is going there tomorrow! Holy kw@p!
    Praying for everything in this situation, but you and your trip most especially.

  2. Oh my.
    But you know they do say the safest time to fly is right after something like this, because everyone’s on their toes. I’m sure you’re going to be just fine.

  3. I’m not sure there is enough Advil for this particular headache. It’s my hope that ppb is right and we have no reason to worry. American Airline says we could get a refund on the plane tickets, if we should decide not to go. Oy.
    As a distraction, Pure Luck has posted a song he wrote for our D&D game a few years ago. Surf over there for a chuckle.
    The kids are not at all worried by this. Is it age that brings anxiety?

  4. DannyG, I guess we can only bring on what we can carry in our hands or what will fit in a clear plastic bag. I’m not sure I can even use the handy-dandy travel document holder I got at LLBean.

  5. Yikes! I’m sure everything will be okay since the authorities seem to be taking every precaution necessary. However, I’m sorry for all the inconvenience to all the passengers. I wish y’all a safe trip. And, of course, my thoughts and prayers will go with you. Be safe!

  6. Genevieve, I’m not sure. I’m going to try and find out from the airline. It sure doesn’t sound like it, does it? I hope the in-flight movies are really, really good.
    (Snowman predicts Air Bud.)

  7. We’re taking off for Alaska tomorrow, and I’m pretty sure things won’t go exactly on schedule because of these changes, even though our flight shouldn’t (shouldn’t!) be directly affected. So I keep recalling your “Forgive Us Our Frustrations” prayer from last week.

  8. Get there early!!! Other than the frustrations of getting through security, I am sure everything will be fine. Have a wonderful vacation.

  9. No books? They’re kidding right? No IPODs?
    And no contact lens solution? They want your lenses to dry out?
    I realize this is a tough call, but it seems like there are better ways to do this than to treat this like prison camp.
    Oh, I hope it all goes smoothly.
    I hope they have plenty of alcohol on that flight….

  10. Oh, no.
    And yes, I believe age does engender anxiety. I used to feel immortal — but that was a really long time ago.

  11. At our household this would be cause for massive celebration- an excuse to cancel the trip! And we would, because traveling without toothpaste and books in a carry on? I don’t think I could go there.
    But, if you like to travel, know that you go with prayers and hopes that this ends up being much ado about nothing…

  12. I’m with PPB, that you’re likely to be safer now than on most flights. But that doesn’t help with the difficult and frustrating bits! Good luck and much, much patience…

  13. Yeah, what PPB said. I’m sure everyone’s on high alert right now, which is good.
    Good luck on your trip! I hope you have a good time.

  14. I hope everything goes smoothly (I think PPB and Pilgrim are right about it being safer now). Let us know when you get there safely, though!

  15. Thinking of you and your family, and having faith that it’s going to be fine and you will be back here blogging your adventures before you know it.

  16. were you allowed a book with you or not? That would be close to hell for me – to fly long haul without a book or my Bible.
    I had to ditch the knitting ages ago – and sometimes feel that the terrorists are winning.
    Blessed journey – and lots of fun in the UK

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