to be headed for Cape Town, South Africa
tomorrow night. I wonder whether or not I'll get there...and if so, when.
British police have foiled a plot to blow up planes departing UK airports. You can read about it here on the BBC News website
.The terror level has been raised to "Critical" here in the UK
Thank God the authorities stopped this group of terrorists...at least it appears they've blocked their plans.No
hand luggage will be allowed, on flights leaving the UK or arriving in the UK, for the next few days...well, I guess until further notice. As of this morning, only the following items will be allowed onto the plane with passengers, and these will be placed in a see-through plastic bag:
Travel documents essential for the journey (eg passports, tickets and visas)
Pocket sized wallets and pocket sized purses plus contents (for example money, credit cards and identity cards). Handbags are not permitted.
Prescribed medicines essential for the duration of the flight, except in liquid form unless verified as authentic.
Spectacles and sunglasses, without cases.
Contact lenses, without bottles of solution.
For those traveling with an infant: baby food, milk and sanitary items essential for the flight.
Keys (but no electrical key fobs).Every other item must be carried in customerÂs hold luggage. For clarity, passengers are advised that no electrical or battery powered items including laptops, mobile phones, iPods, remote controls etc can be carried in the cabin and must be checked in as hold baggage.
As I am flying tomorrow to Cape Town to run training courses all next week, I would have taken a laptop and LCD projector (and all of the associated "bits") in a carry-on bag. And, especially
for a 12+ hour flight, I certainly would have had my iPod and a good book with me. Those will now be out.
At least I wasn't planning to travel with a youngster. Imagine the complications of no snacks and toys for those traveling with a child!
According to the US Department of Homeland Security's website
, the terrorist threat level remains at "Elevated"in the States...at least as of the time of this blog entry.
I'll try to keep everybody posted what happens next. Hopefully
I'll post a Lord Celery item or two from Cape Town, starting over the weekend.