The UK will end the 100ml rule on liquids in hand luggage on planes | Daily News Byte


The UK government is planning the ‘biggest change to airport security rules in decades’ as it plans to remove the 100ml rule on liquids at UK airports.

In an announcement made this week, the UK government is planning an August 2024 deadline for UK airports to make the changes, including bringing in new technology to scan passengers’ bags.

Travelers will be able to leave liquids in their bags (up to 2 liters) in addition to all their electrical items and they will be scanned by a new 3D scanner similar to the CT scanners used in hospitals.

Currently, they must carry all liquids taken onboard airlines in containers of 100ml or less and all must be in transparent plastic bags.

A trial at London’s Heathrow Airport has been underway since 2017 and after reviewing the results, ministers agreed to the new law on 15 December. Transport Secretary Mark Harper said ‘small toilets have become a staple of airport security checkpoints, but that’s all set to change.’

It is believed that the new changes will reduce waiting times, improve security and reduce the stress passengers have to go through security and remove liquids and electronics from their bags.

The rule first came into effect in 2006 after a failed terrorist attempt to blow up a plane—British authorities found hydrogen peroxide in soft drink bottles that they believed aircraft carriers were planning to turn into bombs once on board. British police said up to 10 planes were targeted in the failed plot.

Since then, 15 years ago, all UK airports have had 100ml limits for all liquids carried in carry-on luggage—airports across the US have been using this technology for several years, such as Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson. and O’Hare of Chicago.


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