Airport 100ml liquid limits ‘should be WRITTEN OFF’: Hated rules preventing passengers from bringing large quantities of drinks and toiletries on board ‘will go into major UK airports by summer 2024 once upgraded scanners are installed’, it says report
- Passengers can bring 100ml of liquid through airport security
- It is expected that there will be a change in the summer of 2024 once CT scanners are installed
- Flyers no longer have to take laptops out of their bags at security
- The rule was introduced in 2006 after a failed terrorist attack on Heathrow
The limit for carrying more than 100ml of liquid through airport security is reportedly set to be ‘abolished’ by the summer of 2024.
For the first time since 2006, rules prohibiting passengers from taking drinks and toiletries containers larger than 100ml on board flights will disappear at major UK airports.
Passengers also no longer have to remove laptops from their hand luggage through airport security.
The change is being made possible as the country’s largest airports have been ordered by the Department for Transport (DfT) to install enhanced security CT scanners by mid-2024, The Times reports.
This move should speed up queues at airport security, as the longest delays are caused by flyers not removing items from their bags or carrying bottled drinks and toiletries that exceed the 100ml allowed limit.
The limit on carrying more than 100ml of liquid through airport security is reportedly set to be ‘abolished’ at major UK airports by 2024 to speed up queues. Pictured: Passengers queue to enter airport security ahead of the Easter holiday weekend at Heathrow’s Terminal 5
Passengers also no longer have to remove laptops from hand luggage through airport security (archive photo)
Current rules state that electronics such as laptops and tablets must be removed from hand luggage through security, and all liquids must be in containers of 100ml or less and kept in a clear plastic bag.
Liquid containers larger than 100 ml were banned from airport security after a planned al-Qaeda terrorist attack against seven planes departing from Heathrow – using explosives resembling soda – was prevented in 2006.
If successful, it would have been the largest al-Qaeda attack on the West since 9/11.
Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham Airport are testing the new equipment, which scans passengers’ luggage in 3D – giving a much more detailed picture to security officials compared to current 2D scanners.
For the first time since 2006, rules prohibiting passengers from taking drinks and toiletries containers larger than 100ml at major UK airports will disappear. Pictured: Queuing for airport security at Heathrow in April this year
More CT scanners will be installed in the security area of Heathrow’s Terminal 3, the airport’s CEO John Holland-Kaye told The Times.
He said they were “slowly rolling them out” and that by mid-2024 the “normal passenger experience will be for liquids to remain in bags” through airport security.
The policy is still under review at the DfT, according to officials, but no official announcement has been made.
A DfT spokesperson said: ‘Passengers at UK airports are not allowed to carry liquid containers larger than 100ml through security, and both liquids and electronics must be removed from hand luggage at airport security checks.’