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No room for a big handbag.

PASSENGERS at Britain's biggest airport are to be prevented from taking oversized hand baggage on board flights.

Airport operator BAA will begin a phased implementation of the Government-recommended ban from July 5.

Bags will have to be no more than 56cm (22in) long, 45cm (18in) wide and 25cm (10in) deep to be allowed as hand luggage.

Intended to be implemented throughout Heathrow by August 1, the new rules will mean that passengers will be asked to check in as hold luggage all bags that do not fit in the gauges provided at check - in .

The enforcement follows Department for Transport guidance recommending that all UK airlines and UK aerodrome operators seek to implement the International Air Transport Association (IATA) cabin baggage standards.

BAA spokeswoman Liz Neighbour said: "Passengers are now packing larger, thicker hand baggage filled with more electronic devices then ever b e fo r e .

"This trend demands extra security attention leading to longer queues. It's time for the journey of the over-stuffed 'wheelie bag' to end at ch e ck - i n . "

Signage and IATA-standard baggage gauges will be placed throughout all Heathrow terminals advising passengers of the new regulation on size.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 20, 2006
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