The 100ml rule for liquids in hand luggage could be scrapped by 2024

Nov 24, 2022

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If you hate travel minis with a passion or just want to bring a bottle of water with you through airport security, you may be in luck in the not-so-distant future.

According to a report by The Times, the 100ml limit on liquids in your hand luggage is set to be scrapped by the U.K.’s major airports,  with the Department for Transport (DfT) reportedly giving airports until summer 2024 to roll out advanced CT scanners are security check-in.

A ‘formal announcement’ on the topic is due “in the coming weeks”, the paper says.

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The new CT scanners provide a 3D picture of luggage in high resolution, offering a much closer look at people’s bags and their contents, rather than the 2D images older scanners offer. The technology, which is similar to the CT scanners used in hospitals would mean that passengers no longer need to put any liquids in a clear bag, either – nor would there be as many “ahh, I forgot that was in there” hold-ups when you’re going through security. Passengers would also no longer need to remove electronics from their bags to place in the tray.

Said scanners are already being trialled at London Heathrow Airport (LHR), with its CEO John Holland-Kaye telling The Times: “We’re slowly rolling them out. 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.”

They’re also being trialled at London Gatwick (LGW) and Birmingham Airport (BHX).

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Earlier in 2022, these scanners were installed at Shannon Airport (SNN) in Ireland, which has ditched the 100ml rule. The airport has said that its security waiting times have been slashed in half as a result.

For now, though, no official rule change is in place – meaning you still can’t carry liquids bigger than 100ml through airport security.

The DfT has said in a statement to Sky News: “We are currently considering the position on the future screening of liquids and electronics being carried though UK airport security checkpoints by passengers.

“This includes whether liquids and electronics may be left in cabin bags when being screened. A number of UK airports are currently trialling new technology which has the potential to allow this.”

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