No rule change for US-bound Brits

08 March 2013 09:09

Passengers have been forced to get used to strict rules on hand luggage in recent years

Passengers have been forced to get used to strict rules on hand luggage in recent years

Airline passengers travelling from Britain to the US will still be required to stick to stringent rules on what they can carry in hand luggage despite a lift on certain banned items on domestic US flights, including snooker cues, golf equipment and ski gear.

The rules on what American travellers can take on board will be relaxed from the start of May. However, such possessions will not be allowed as cabin baggage on British and European planes. The UK's Department for Transport (DfT) hinted the rules would not be changed in the foreseeable future. Any sports enthusiasts travelling overseas with expensive equipment should ensure they have sports travel insurance in place.

A DfT spokesman said: "The safety of the travelling public is of paramount importance and the UK combines technology, intelligence and other measures to provide one of the strictest security regimes for aviation in the world. We work closely with the industry to keep these measures under constant review in order to provide an effective response to changing threats."

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