Airports are lifting the ban on liquids over 100ml in hand luggage

Airports are lifting the ban on liquids over 100ml in hand luggage

The rule is set to be abolished by 2024 (Image: Getty Images)

Airports could soon lift their ban on liquids over 100ml in hand luggage.

The rule is set to be abolished by 2024, Heathrow Airport chief said.

Currently, liquids cannot 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 could soon keep everything in their bags instead of having to hand in liquids over 100ml at demonstrations.

Even laptops no longer have to be removed from hand luggage.

New 3D scanning devices are deployed at UK airports to ensure passenger safety.

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

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

What is the current 100ml rule for liquids?

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

Any liquids that you require in excess of 100ml should currently be stowed in your checked baggage.

“Liquids” include:

  • beverages
  • Partially or fully 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
  • “All other solutions and articles of similar consistency”

The 100ml limit applies not only to the actual amount of liquid, but also to the bottles or containers in which it is kept.

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

In 2006, restrictions on the amount of liquids you could carry in your hand luggage were introduced when police thwarted Britain’s biggest terrorist attack.

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

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Justin Scacco

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