Airport 100ml liquid limits ‘to be AXED’: Hated rules that stop passengers taking large amounts of drinks and toiletries on board ‘will go at major UK airports by summer 2024 as improved scanners are installed’ report says

  • Passengers will be able to take over 100ml of liquids through airport security
  • Change is expected to be in place by summer 2024 as CT scanners are installed
  • Flyers will also no longer need to remove laptops from their bags at security
  • The rule was introduced in 2006 after failed terror attack at Heathrow

The limit for taking more than 100ml of liquid through airport security will reportedly be ‘axed’ by summer 2024.

The rules which prevent passengers from taking containers of drinks and toiletries over 100ml on board flights will be gone at the UK’s major airports for the first time since 2006.

Passengers will also no longer have to remove laptops from hand luggage through airport security.

The change will be made possible as the country’s biggest airports have been told by the Department for Transport (DfT) to install improved security CT scanners by the middle of 2024, The Times reports.

This move should speed up queues at airport security as the longest delays are caused by flyers not taking items out of their bags or carrying bottles of drink and toiletries over the allowed 100ml limit.

The limit for taking more than 100ml of liquid through airport security will reportedly be ‘axed’ at major UK airports by 2024 in a move to speed up queues. Pictured: Passengers queue to enter airport security ahead of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend at Heathrow’s Terminal 5

Passengers will also no longer have to remove laptops from hand luggage through airport security (file photo)

The current rules state that electronics such as laptops and tablets should be removed from cabin bags through security and that all liquids must be in containers of 100ml or less and be held in a clear plastic bag.

Liquid containers over 100ml were banned at airport security after a planned Al-Qaeda terrorist attack against seven planes departing Heathrow – using explosives which looked like soft drinks – was prevented in 2006.

If successful, it would have been the largest Al-Qaeda attack against the West since 9/11.

Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham Airports are testing the new equipment, which scans passengers baggage in 3D – which provides a much more detailed image to security officials compared to the current 2D scanners.

The rules which prevent passengers from taking containers of drinks and toiletries over 100ml on board flights will be gone at the UK’s major airports for the first time since 2006. Pictured: The queue for airport security at Heathrow in April this year

More CT scanners will be installed at the security area of Heathrow’s Terminal 3, the airport’s chief executive 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 that liquids stay in bags’ through airport security.

The policy remains under review at the DfT according to officials but no official announcement has been made.

A DfT spokesperson said: ‘Passengers at UK airports must not carry liquid containers larger than 100ml through security, and both liquids and electronics should be taken out of cabin bags at airport security checkpoints.’

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