Many travel restrictions are now in place after London authorities uncovered a terror plot aimed at airlines traveling from Britain to the United States.
Restrictions apply to all flights in and out of the United States, with the most significant being a prohibition on liquids allowed onboard, including lotions, gels, and contact lens solution.
London's Heathrow airport released the following statement about what is allowed on departing flights:
What Can You Bring Onboard?
These measures will prevent passengers from carrying hand luggage into the cabin of an aircraft with the following exceptions (which must be placed in a plastic bag):
Pocket-size wallets and pocket-size purses plus contents, for example, money, credit cards, identity cards, etc. Handbags not allowed.
Travel documents essential for the journey, such as passports and travel tickets.
Prescription medicines and medical items sufficient and essential for the flight, such as a diabetic kit, except in liquid form unless verified as authentic. You will need a prescription to carry on medicines.
Spectacles and sunglasses, without cases.
Contact lens holders, without bottles of solution.
For those traveling 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, such as diapers, wipes, creams, and diaper disposal bags.
Female sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight, if unboxed, i.e., tampons, pads, towels and wipes.
Tissues (unboxed) and/or handkerchiefs.
Keys (but no electrical key fobs).
Any food purchased in the international departures lounge must be consumed before boarding.
All passengers must be hand searched, and their footwear and all the items they are carrying must be X-rayed. Any liquids discovered must be removed from the passenger.
Wheelchairs and walking aids must be X-rayed, and only airport-provided wheelchairs may pass through the screening point.
London's Heathrow airport is experiencing severe disruption to its operation.
Passengers should check their flight status with their airline or on www.heathrowairport.com