http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4789169.stm According to Radio 4 this decision was taken at 02:00, and caught the airlines "on the hop" - still great confusion, etc. I wonder if the heads of airlines actually get a communication from the Home Office or if they have to just watch News 24? General advice seemed to be to travel light, - gone are the days of taking your laptop / overnight bag and assorted duty frees on board, under the heading of Hand Baggage - the pricks who do this always seem to be sat next to me (whinge over)! From a slightly different angle though - this "downgrading" was announced all of about six hours after calls by Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary, and others called for the deployment of British Troops to UK airports. Given that BAA Duty Free sales have effectively ceased as a result of the operational changes, and that several airlines and national newspapers have also called for the same, is the government responding to commercial pressures? As an afterthought - would we be able to deploy enough troops in this country to assist in this threat, if the classification was still critical?