Film must be packed in the hold luggage and cannot be carried on board flights leaving the UK, the British Airports Authority (BAA) has confirmed to AP this morning.

The news will come as a blow to many photographers who routinely avoid carrying film in their checked-in luggage in case it becomes damaged by powerful hold luggage X-ray security scanners.

A BAA spokesman was not able to tell us how long such restrictions will be in place.

Over the past 24 hours AP has been inundated with enquiries from enthusiasts concerned about how the current security arrangements will affect them.

AP?s technical team advise that ? if at all possible – photographers should buy film at their travel destination and have it processed before returning home.