07 January, 2008

bmi, London Heathrow's second largest airline, is to introduce new
cabin baggage rules with effect from Monday 7th January 2008, easing
the "one bag rule" for hand luggage taken on flights, following the
removal of certain restrictions at a number of UK airports by the
Department for Transport.

Under the new guidelines passengers travelling in business and premium
economy cabins will be able to take two pieces of cabin baggage,
while economy cabin passengers are able to take one piece. Individual
pieces of cabin baggage must be no larger than 55 x 40 x 23cm and the
passenger should be able to lift their bags unaided into the overhead
lockers. Rules governing the carriage of liquids remain unchanged.*

In addition, all passengers may also bring one personal item, such
as a small handbag, purse, small briefcase, laptop or baby-change
bag. Laptops in a thin satchel or slimline briefcase will be considered
a personal item but those in a larger computer bag or bulkier briefcase
will be counted as a piece of cabin baggage. Personal items are
accepted at bmi's discretion.

The policy, which is in line with fellow Star Alliance member
airlines, will apply from 7th January at the following UK airports
bmi operates from: London Heathrow, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh,
Aberdeen and Inverness.