A man holding a transparent bag containing toiletries, in preparation for airport security restrictions, where liquid items must be separated and visible.
In what will be good news for anyone who had to throw away a bottle of moisturizer at the airport because they couldn’t get through airport security, the UK government has confirmed that those pesky liquid rules should be relaxed.
But not before June 2024.
The move means passengers at most major UK airports will be able to carry liquids in containers of up to two liters in what will be the biggest relaxation of air safety regulations in decades. To put things into perspective, the current limit is 100ml.
Travelers will also no longer need to carry containers in clear plastic bags or remove tablets and laptops from carry-on baggage at checkpoints.
The Department for Transport said major airports will be required to install new technology that gives security staff more detailed images of what is in passengers’ luggage.
He will table new legislation around the changes in parliament on Thursday.
Current airport security rules were introduced in 2006 following a foiled terrorist plot to bomb planes flying from London to the United States with homemade liquid bombs.
Travelers who do not comply with them are one of the main causes of delays at airport security.
Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: ‘Tiny toiletries have become a staple of airport security checkpoints, but that’s all about to change.
“Streamlining airport carry-on baggage rules while improving security.”
He said that by 2024, major UK airports will have the latest security technology, “reducing waiting times, improving the passenger experience and, above all, detecting potential threats”.
Until then, passengers “must continue to follow existing rules and check before travelling”, he added.
The June 2024 deadline is introduced after several airport trials that began in 2018.
CT scanners create a 3D image of what is inside passengers’ luggage. It is already in use at foreign airports such as Schiphol in Amsterdam and several in the United States.
Christopher Snelling, Policy Director of the Airport Operators Association, said: “This investment in next-generation security by UK airport operators will be a major step forward for UK air travel, equaling the best in its class in the world.
“It will make traveling through UK airports easier and air travel itself more enjoyable.”