Security at all airports in the UK has been tightened and delays are expected after Scotland Yard disrupted a terrorist plot to blow up planes in mid-flight.
It is believed the plan was to detonate explosive devices smuggled on aircraft in hand luggage, with flights from the UK to the US being targeted. As a result a ban on carry-on luggage has been instituted for all flights within the UK.
BBC journalist Joe Lynam encountered the increased security measures at Gatwick airport.
“I was handed a piece of paper saying that pretty much nothing could be taken on board the plane,” he said.
“Everything had to be checked in and that includes mobile phones, ipods, wallets – even spectacle cases had to be checked in.”
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