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BAA: Touchscreen machines increasing in number

BAA: Touchscreen machines increasing in numberIncreasing number of passengers are making the airport experience simpler for themselves by making use of touchscreen machines, according to BAA.

A spokesperson for the airports operator said that there are a number of generic machines at hubs around the UK that allow fliers to carry out their own check-in procedures for their flights.

However he also explained that a number of major airlines are installing their own self-service machines as the trend becomes more popular.
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One-bag limit 'on way out'

One-bag limit 'on way out'The air travel experience could soon be made easier for passengers with the removal of the one-bag limit on carry-on luggage, according to British Airways.

Commenting as the airline announced an operating profit of £556 million for the six-month period from April to September, chief executive Willie Walsh said that the restriction is expected to be lifted soon.

The rule was originally instated in order to heighten security on board aircraft.
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Abta: France no 1 ski destination

Abta: France no 1 ski destinationPeople going on skiing holidays are most likely to jet off to one of the many resorts in France than anywhere else, according to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta).

Frances Tuke, PR manager for the association, said that Europe is by far the world's top destination for skiing holidays and France is the most popular spot within the continent, followed by Austria.

"Europe is definitely the most popular, with France being number one and Austria number two," she said.
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Online check-in 'benefits all'

Online check-in 'benefits all'An aviation industry spokesperson has lauded the increasingly popular trend of online check-in, saying that it is beneficial for both passengers and airlines.

James Freemantle of the Air Transport Users Council (AUC), which is the UK's consumer council for air travellers, said that the first benefit of web check-in is cost.

It is more cost-effective for airlines to check their passengers in online, he said, which increases the likelihood that customers will be offered cheaper fares.
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Skiers 'lax on insurance'

Skiers 'lax on insurance'The three million Brits who are expected to jet off on skiing holidays this winter have been urged to remember the importance of being fully insured for the activities they are taking part in.

According to a survey by esure, a quarter of Brits on winter holidays this year will not be properly insured.

Of these people, five per cent mistakenly believe that they will be fully covered for medical care by their European health insurance card.
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More travellers head to Singapore in September

More travellers head to Singapore in SeptemberThe popularity of Singapore as a holiday destination continued to rise in September as the country saw a record number of foreign visitors.

Figures released by the country's tourism board showed that it welcomed 766,000 travellers in September, 7.1 per cent more than the previous year.

This is a new record for the month of September. In the preceding month, however, some 913,000 people travelled to Singapore.
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