Airports to scrap rule banning liquids over 100ml in hand luggage

Airports to scrap rule banning liquids over 100ml in hand luggage

Airports to scrap rule banning liquids over 100ml in hand luggage

The rule was introduced following a foiled terror plot in 2006 (Picture: Getty Images)

Airports may soon drop their ban on passengers carrying liquids over 100ml in hand luggage.

The rule is due to be scrapped by 2024, the Heathrow airport boss has said.

Currently, liquids must not exceed 100ml and must be carried in a clear plastic bag.

The upcoming rule change has been described as “a game changer” by airport insiders.

Passengers may soon be able to keep everything in their bags instead of having to hand over liquids larger than 100ml during screenings.

Laptops will also no longer have to be removed from hand luggage.

New 3D scanning equipment will be deployed at UK airports to ensure passenger safety.

John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow’s chief executive, told The Times: ‘We are rolling them out slowly.

“We have just started the expansion of the Terminal 3 security area which will have more CT scanners and will have a mid-2024 DfT deadline. Until then, the normal experience for passengers will be that liquids remain in the bags.


What is the current 100ml rule for liquids?

The main rule is that you should not take more than 100ml of a restricted liquid into the cabin of an aircraft, and these liquids should be placed in individual 100ml containers.

Any liquid you need over 100ml must currently be packed in your checked baggage.

“Liquids” include:

  • Drinks
  • Partially or completely liquid foods (such as soup, baby food, honey, etc.)
  • Toiletries and cosmetics (makeup, perfume, creams, lotions, gels, mascara, lip gloss, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Sprays and aerosols (deodorant, hairspray, etc.)
  • Gels (hair gel, shower gel, etc.)
  • Solution for contact lenses
  • “Any other solutions and elements of similar consistency”

The 100ml limit applies not only to the actual amount of liquid, but also to the bottles or containers in which they are stored.

Regulations for carry-on baggage liquids permitted on flights departing from the European Union which must be presented at security.  Plastic bags for hand luggage containing liquids must be in a resealable, clear and transparent bag and have a maximum volume of 1 litre.

Plastic bags for hand luggage containing liquids must be in a resealable, clear and transparent bag (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Major UK airports have been given a deadline of mid-2024 to install more advanced CT security scanners, Mr Holland-Kaye told the newspaper.

Limits on the amount of liquids allowed in hand luggage were introduced in 2006, when police foiled Britain’s biggest terror plot.

Seeing that the suspects had planned to smuggle explosives through airport security into soft drink bottles, new restrictions were put in place.

Initially, no liquids could be carried in hand luggage (except baby milk, which had to be tasted by a parent in front of staff), but these strict rules were relaxed when the number of passengers increased considerably. decreases.

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