Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hundreds Locked out of Cars and Houses as Their Bags Go Missing

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hundreds Locked out of Cars and Houses as Their Bags Go Missing

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Byline: DICK MURRAY

HUNDREDS of passengers flying under the new travel restrictions have been locked out of their cars and homes after their luggage went astray.

The number of missing suitcases and bags was in the "low tens of thousands", a Heathrow source said. The news came as British Airports Authority - the embattled company that owns seven major UK airports - was slammed by the International Air Transport Association for having inadequate contingency plans for dealing with last week's anti-terror raids.

Chaotic scenes at Heathrow in the past few days could have been avoided if BAA had called in the Army to help with security checks, the airline watchdog said today.

IATA chief executive Giovanni Bisignani said: "The airports must have a stronger contingency plan."

When the ban on hand luggage was introduced last week many travellers had to put house, car keys and mobile telephones into the cargo hold. It left hundreds unable to get into their cars or homes when they flew back. …

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