Saturday, September 02, 2006

Belgium Travel Restrictions

In preparing for an upcoming trip, I was poking around United's web site and found that flights to the US from Belgium (e.g. Brussels) have even tighter restrictions than flights from the UK (not that I'm going to Belgium at any point in the near future, I was just suprised to see it specifically called out as the only location other than the UK).

The restrictions posted on Brussel's airport site include:

one single plastic carrier bag containing :
  • pocket size wallets and pocket size purses plus contents (for example money, credit cards, identity cards etc (not handbags));
  • travel documents essential for the journey (for example passports and travel tickets);
  • prescription medicines and medical items sufficient and essential for the flight (e.g. diabetic kit), except in liquid form unless verified as authentic.
  • spectacles and sunglasses, without cases.
  • contact lens holders, without bottles of solution.
  • for those traveling with an infant: baby food, milk and sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight (nappies, wipes, creams and nappy disposal bags).
  • female sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight, if unboxed (eg tampons, pads, towels and wipes).
  • tissues (unboxed) and/or handkerchiefs
  • keys
  • 1 book
  • 1 newspaper
  • Mobile phone
  • 1 laptop (inclusive adapter) in case
  • PDA / black berry

Of special note is the lack of mention of any other electronics -- they are not allowed (another part of the restrictions specifically mentioned that MP3 Players, IPods and Gameboys were not allowed -- I assume this would include my noise-canceling headsets).

This was even more restrictive than what was in place at the LHR when I flew through there a week ago.

I was just quite surprised that Belgium was listed specifically and that Brussels had these tight restrictions because from all the news coverage over the past few weeks it seemed like the restrictions were worse in the UK than anywhere else.

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