Here we have a situation: A mate is desperately waiting for authority for flights to confuct a recce for a forthcoming overseas ex. Apparently, under new regulations, 2* authority is required for OS travel. Now, here is the irony, 3 weeks ago when he requested the flights (through a well-know budget airline) the total cost (incl taxes etc) for the entire R Gp was less than Â£70. That cost is increasing on a daily basis as he waits for authority, and currently stands at over Â£150. But, at the same, he requested a hire car to get him to the airport the cost for this was over Â£150, plus fuel, plus parking etc! Authority for this was granted by the local lve & movt clk and the booking was made! What a thoroughly ridiculous situation...it seems yet again that a knee jerk policy is having a detrimental effect. I'm also hearing of BFG people not attending important conferences in UK.... What other T&S nonsense are you experiencing of late???