[August 16, 2006]

N.Z. eases airline baggage restrictions

(UPI Top Stories Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge) The national airline, Air New Zealand, has relaxed some of the tough new restrictions on cabin baggage on flights to the United States.

Security at New Zealand airports was tightened last week after the discovery in London of an alleged Islamist plot to blow up U.S.-bound airliners. Carry-on baggage was restricted to essential travel documents in a plastic bag.

Air New Zealand now says normal cabin luggage and electronic devices will be allowed on its planes but passengers should expect to have them ready for inspection.

However aerosols, gels and liquids in carry-on baggage remain prohibited. They must be placed in checked-in baggage.

Passengers also are not allowed to carry duty-free liquids in the cabin of aircraft on flights to Britain and the United States, to avoid possible confiscation on arrival, the airline said.

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