British airport scraps 100ml liquid rule and will allow passengers to carry up to two litres in their hand luggage
- New scanners at Teesside airport allow passengers up to two litres of fluid
Teesside airport has become the first in the UK to scrap the 100ml carry on liquid rule due to the adoption of new state of the art scanners – that will soon become mandatory in all British airports.
The small airport was able to beat a host of larger British transport hubs including Heathrow, Stanstead and London Gatwick – meaning those jetting off on their Easter holidays will have one less thing to worry about.
The new scanners which show baggage in 3D will allow passengers to carry up to 2 litres of fluids with them on board aircraft.
They will also not have to remove their fluids from their bag – or their laptops and electronic devices – before they pass through security.
The Department for Transport has set airports a 2024 deadline to ensure the new CT scanners are installed.
Teesside airport has become the first in the UK to scrap the 100ml liquid rule on flights
New scanners mean passengers will be able to carry up to two litres in fluids (stock image)
Reacting to the news that Teesside had pipped the larger airports to the post, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said the new system had received positive feedback.
He said: ‘Once again Teesside is at the forefront of developments in the aviation industry, with our C3 scanners in place and already being used in the roll-out of the new rules, coming into force elsewhere next year.
‘Some airports have announced they’re looking to end the restriction in time for the Easter holidays, but we’re one step ahead in having already scrapped the limit – showing how local, regional airports are going further, faster for the people that they serve.
‘Passenger safety and experience is front-and-centre of all we do at Teesside Airport, and these scanners play a massive part in both.
‘We’re getting lots of positive feedback from our passengers right now and, as our slate of summer holiday flights begins to ramp up at the end of this month, these scanners will be invaluable to quickly process the hundreds of thousands of people we’re set to welcome through our doors.’
Elswhere both London City airport have committed to forcing through the changes speedily.
Speaking to The Times, Heathrow boss John Holland-Kay said: ‘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’.
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