Airport rules on liquids and laptops relaxed

December 15, 2022


The government has set a deadline of 2024 to scrap the airport rules on liquids and hand luggage such as laptops.

Most UK airports will have to install new high-tech 3D scanners which can reveal more detailed images of baggage.

A previous plan to relax the rules was postponed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Passengers will no longer by required to remove items such as tablets, laptops and liquids from their hand luggage.

Liquids, such as sun cream, shampoo or toothpaste are required to be 100ml and must be in a clear plastic bag. The current 100ml liquid rule is to be increased to two litres.

The limits were imposed in November 2006 after terror fears.

It was reported British police had foiled a plot to blow up as many as 10 planes using explosives hidden in drinks bottles.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said the new technology would reduce queue times and improve the passenger experience.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “The tiny toiletry has become a staple of airport security checkpoints, but that’s all set to change. I’m streamlining cabin bag rules at airports while enhancing security.

“By 2024, major airports across the UK will have the latest security tech installed, reducing queuing times, improving the passenger experience, and most importantly detecting potential threats.

“Of course, this won’t happen straight away – this is going to take 2 years to be fully implemented. Until then, passengers must continue following the existing rules and check before travelling.”

Christopher Snelling, spokesman for the Airport Operators Association, which represents UK airports, said the new scanners would be a good investment.

“It will make the journey through the UK’s airports easier and air travel itself more pleasant,” he added.


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