August 10, 2006

US airlines report delays

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. airlines canceled UK flights on
Thursday, waived penalties for ticket changes and extra checked
baggage, and asked passengers to arrive earlier in response to
tighter security measures after British police said they foiled
a plan to blow up transatlantic airliners.

American Airlines, a unit of AMR Corp., said it had
canceled six flights between London's Heathrow airport and New
York, Chicago and Boston. UAL Corp.'s United Airlines said it
was expecting delays of more than two hours on flights from

Delta Air Lines Inc., which flies to London's Gatwick
airport, said its flights were operating normally.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security banned carry-on
baggage on flights from the UK to the United States.

It also tightened security on domestic flights, prohibiting
passengers from bringing any liquids, gels or lotions in their
carry-on baggage. It made exceptions for baby formula and

Delta said it was waiving excess baggage charges, while
JetBlue Airways Corp. said it is allowing passengers to check
in a third bag without extra fees, as passengers move newly
banned items into their checked baggage.

United said it revised its ticketing policy, allowing some
people traveling between the UK and United States to make one
change to their itinerary without any fees.

Airlines also asked passengers to arrive two hours early
for domestic flights.

Stocks of major U.S. carrier were off in the morning, with
the Amex airline index down 2.3 percent.

(Additional reporting by Chris Reiter and Kyle Peterson)