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Airport security liquid rule to be phased out by 2024

Paloma Kubiak
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Paloma Kubiak

A major shake-up of airport security rules means the 100ml liquid limit will be scrapped by June 2024.

Major airports have been given a June 2024 deadline to install security technology to finally bring an end to the 100ml liquid rule.

The Department for Transport (DfT) today confirmed that over the next two years, large airports will introduce “cutting-edge systems” at security checkpoints to “take advantage of the latest advancements” in screening technology.

It said this move will make it easier for travellers, who are currently required to remove tablets, laptops and liquids from cabin baggage, with liquids limited to 100ml which must be kept in a clear plastic bag.

This was introduced in 2006 following a terrorist threat, and was designed to stop people carrying liquid explosives onto planes.

Once the rule has been lifted, flyers will be able to take 2 litres in their cabin baggage, DfT confirmed.

Transport secretary, Mark Harper, said: “The tiny toiletry has become a staple of airport security checkpoints, but that’s all set to change. I’m streamlining cabin bag rules at airports while enhancing security.

“By 2024, major airports across the UK will have the latest security tech installed, reducing queuing times, improving the passenger experience, and most importantly detecting potential threats.

“Of course, this won’t happen straight away – this is going to take two years to be fully implemented. Until then, passengers must continue following the existing rules and check before travelling.”

Christopher Snelling, policy director at The Airport Operators Association (AOA), added: “This investment in next-generation security by the UK’s airport operators will provide a great step forward for UK air travel, matching the best in class around the world.

“It will make the journey through the UK’s airports easier and air travel itself more pleasant.”

The deadline follows several trials conducted at some airports since 2018, which has seen CT X-ray technology used which provides a 3D image of what’s in passengers’ bags. ‘Threat detection’ algorithms are also used, with similar technology used at airports such as Schiphol (Amsterdam) and in the US.