Hand luggage: Britons told not to take hand luggage on flights in new rules for travellers

Britons thinking of jetting off on holiday in the coming months have been issued a warning from the government suggesting hand luggage may become a thing of the past. The new advice says travellers should check luggage rather than taking it onboard to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).


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The government advice states: “You are strongly encouraged to check-in baggage to the aircraft hold and minimise any hand baggage. “This will speed up boarding and disembarking and minimise the risk of transmission.”

Advice also included checking in online to avoid face-to-face contact at the airport and wearing a face mask when travelling.

Social distancing continues to be a main focus, with the government encouraging a two-metre distance from anyone outside of your party or household, and regularly washing hands with soap and water.

Hand sanitiser is recommended for situations where soap and water are not accessible.

This is a breaking news story, updates to follow.

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