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Holidaymakers warned as terror alert hits airport

HOLIDAYMAKERS across mid Cheshire are urged to be prepared after heightened security caused chaos at north west airports.

The Bolton News: LONG WAIT: Passengers try to remain calm amid the airport chaos. 	LONG WAIT: Passengers try to remain calm amid the airport chaos.

A number of strict measures were put in place as part of the fight against terrorism after police foiled a suspected plot to blow up a number of aircraft leaving the UK.

Manchester and Liverpool John Lennon airports were among those put on high alert in the early hours of Thursday after raids in London and the West Midlands saw 24 men held for questioning.

The threat has caused concern among holidaymakers in Northwich, Winsford and Middlewich and travel agents have noticed a change.

Shelley Durose, from Gray Travel in Witton Street, Northwich, said: "We will probably be affected by fewer people booking late deals for the next week or two.

The Bolton News: LONG WAIT: Passengers try to remain calm amid the airport chaos. 	LONG WAIT: Passengers try to remain calm amid the airport chaos.

"The main worry has been whether they can take lipsticks and haircombs.

"This is probably going to be the safest time to travel because when will security be as tight as it is now?"

Melissa Hou, manager of Travel Care, Middlewich

Advice "We are advising customers to keep hand baggage to a bare minimum and just take passports, tickets and money with them and to always check with the airport before they leave."

Melissa Hou, manager of Travel Care in Wheelock Street, Middlewich, said: "Not many people have come in enquiring about going on holiday.

"It's going to affect the travel side of the business and put people off going away.

"We've also been getting calls from people travelling in the next few days asking what they should take and what information we can give them.

"This is probably going to be the safest time to travel because when will security be as tight as it is now?"

On Monday the Department for Transport announced that it was reducing the UK threat level from critical to severe and relaxed rules for hand luggage.

Passengers were initially advised to only take essential items, such as travel documents, prescription medicines and baby food, on the plane as hand luggage and these were to be packed in a clear plastic bag.

But from Monday travellers were allowed to take one item of cabin baggage with a maximum length of 45cm, width of 35cm and depth of 16cm.

No liquids are allowed through the search point unless they are essential medicines, baby milk and liquid baby food, so passengers are also advised not to carry any containers that could hold liquids in their hand luggage to help their progress.

A spokesman for Manchester Airport said: "Once people are through security they can buy things in the retail and catering areas to take on board unless it's an American flight when no liquids are allowed - not even toothpaste."

He said: "Things are settling down and getting back to normal but we're asking people to come prepared and to be patient getting through security."



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