August 23, 2006

Baggage handlers and check-in staff are planning strikes at London's Stansted Aiport, a major hub for European flights and the U.K.'s third-largest airport, on Saturday, Aug. 26, and Monday, Aug. 28. The strike against Swissport, which provides services to Ryanair, EasyJet and some charter airlines, is expected to cause major disruptions.

Last Saturday, airports in Canada restored duty-free shop sales of liquids, gels and aerosols to international travelers following a ban on such sales. Before purchasing such items, passengers flying to the United States and United Kingdom should ask if they can receive their goods at the termination of their flight. For U.S.-bound travelers from airports with pre-clearance procedures -- including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal -- where duty-free can be purchased before bags are checked, such liquids, gels and will be permitted if passengers check the bag that holds the items. Liquids, gels and aerosols continue to be prohibited from aircraft in carry-on bags.