First major UK airport to dump 100ml liquid hand luggage rules next week

23 May 2024, 13:54

Birmingham Airport will scrap 100ml liquid rules for passengers
Birmingham Airport will scrap 100ml liquid rules for passengers. Picture: alamy

By StephenRigley

A major UK airport will scrap strict liquid rules next week in a move that will make travel easier for holidaymakers.

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Birmingham Airport is set to get rid of the 100ml liquid regulations which were introduced in 2006 and have remained in place ever since.

London City has already ditched the rules, but they serve only four million passengers a year. Birmingham Airport serves 12 million passengers.

Central to the removal of the liquid rules are new CT scanners, which are being installed at airports across the UK.

Passenger hand luggage of a clear plastic bag containing liquid items, individually up to 100 ml at security check
Passenger hand luggage of a clear plastic bag containing liquid items, individually up to 100 ml at security check. Picture: Alamy

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They eliminate the need for passengers to restrict the liquids in their carry-on to 100ml. The new limit will be two litres, once the technology is fully up and running.

The scanners also mean travellers will no longer need to remove liquids and laptops from their bags when passing through airport security.

Birmingham is set to have the scanners in working order by June 1, which coincides with the final weekend of the half-term holidays, according to the Times.

Luton and Bristol airports are also aiming to introduce the new technology by June.

Despite all airports initially being given a deadline of June 2024 by the Department for Transport several major airports have fallen behind.

London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester have all been given an extension until summer 2025 to make sure they have fully installed the new scanners.

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