New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Sep 29, 2013
U.S., Australian and Canadian officials asked to consider easing liquid restrictions According to a document filed with the United Nations, Australian, Canadian and U.S. officials should consider using machines to better detect hazardous liquids. The move would gradually ease restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels. The countries propose a first phase to start on Jan. 31, 2014, with latter phases eliminating the need for 3.4-ounce containers or sealed 1-liter bags. Sep 26, 2013
British police arrested two men for endangering a Sri Lankan aircraft bound for London Heathrow British police arrested two men for endangering an aircraft on Friday evening after a Sri Lankan Airlines flight was diverted from London's Heathrow Airport to nearby Stansted. Stansted is one of London's less busy airports, preferred as a location for handling aircraft security incidents. A police spokeswoman said the Airbus A330-200 landed shortly after 7:30 pm local time on Sept. 20 and police officers boarded the plane and arrested two men. "Passengers have been removed safely and inquiries are ongoing," the spokeswoman said. No further details were immediately available. In May this year, two men were arrested on board a plane from Pakistan carrying 297 passengers that was intercepted and diverted to Stansted airport by RAF typhoon jets. Police later said the incident in May was being treated as criminal rather than terrorism-related. Sep 23, 2013
British Airways British Airways will start flying to Chengdu from London Heathrow. British Airways will start a new route to Chengdu in Western China from London's Heathrow airport and provide 777-200ER service thrice-weekly flight from September 2013. The airline said it plans to switch from Boeing 777 service to the 787-8 Dreamliner during the summer of 2014, and increase weekly flight from three to five. Chengdu, the prosperous capital of Sichuan province, is one of China's largest cities. British Airways already flies to Beijing and Shanghai, also began services to South Korean capital Seoul earlier in December. Chengdu is the fourth Chinese city to allow visa-free entry for foreign travellers, following Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. The policy applies to visitors from 45 countries, including Britain, the US, France and Singapore. Travellers holding third-country visas and connecting air tickets can enjoy up to 72 hours of city exploration without the need for a visa. This only applies to direct transit passengers flying to Chengdu on international routes. Under the policy, visitors using the visa are not allowed to leave the city during the transit period. Otherwise, they...