From this morning passengers will once again be allowed to carry film and cameras on board planes leaving all major UK airports, including Heathrow and Gatwick, according to the British Airports Authority (BAA).

Cameras and film were banned in the cabin under security restrictions placed on hand luggage last Thursday following the uncovering of the alleged terror plot to blow up US-bound planes leaving the UK. Photographers had been told to place all such items in the aircraft?s hold – raising fears that their kit would be subject to powerful hold luggage X-ray scanning machines.

A spokesman for BAA has confirmed to AP that passengers are now allowed to carry film and cameras on board provided that their hand baggage falls within the permitted size limit.

According to the latest security guidance from the Department for Transport (DfT), passengers are allowed to carry one item of hand baggage which must not exceed 45cm in length, 35cm in width and 16cm in depth (including wheels, handles, side pockets etc.). All hand baggage will be subject to X-ray screening, adds the DoT.

In addition to Heathrow and Gatwick, BAA-run airports include Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton.