Hand luggage rules on liquids as airports look to scrap 100ml limit

We’re all used to having to fit our liquid items into tiny travel bottles before heading to the airport.

Then when you reach security you have to scramble around to get your liquids bag out of your case for the x-ray.

If you’re travelling with kids this becomes even more frustrating as you corral the little ones and stuff lotions and potions into the tiny bags.

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However, the hassle may be coming to an end as UK airports plan to scrap the rule.

While currently Brits must carry liquids in bottles no larger than 100ml and totalling no more than one litre this rule is set to be axed by 2024, reports The Times.

Major airports across the nation have been told they must install advanced CT security scanners which will mean the liquids rule is no longer needed.

The change will mean fewer queues at security as people can leave their liquids in their cabin bags while they are scanned.

The new 3D baggage screening machines are already being tested at Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

John Holland-Kay, CEO of Heathrow Airport, told The Times : “We have just started the expansion of the security area in Terminal 3 which will have more CT scanners and have a deadline of mid-2024 from the DFT. By then the normal passenger experience will be that liquids stay in bags”.

It is hopes that the new tech will lead to a smoother and faster experience for travellers.

However, the change is rules won’t come into action until 2024 at many airports.

So you must still stick to the current liquid rules.

How much liquid can I currently bring on a flight?

Bounce explained: “There are many restricted items that you need to consider when packing your hand and holding luggage, but the items that possibly cause the most confusion are liquids.

“If you are checking bags and don’t require to have any liquids onboard the plane, it is wise to keep liquids in your hold luggage, as there are no liquid limits here."

The spokesperson added: "However, if you choose to bring liquids on board in your hand luggage, you must pack them into a single 20cm x 20cm resealable plastic bag and containers must hold no more than 100ml.

“The complete content of the liquid in the bag must not add up to more than 1 litre.

“Some items that are considered liquids are: shaving foam, hairspray, spray deodorants, toothpaste and gels, including hair and shower gel.

“The only exemptions in which you can take more than a 100ml container of liquid are for essential medical purposes, special dietary requirements or items containing baby food or baby milk.”


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