100ml liquid rule reintroduced at some regional UK airports | EUROtoday

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Restrictions on carrying liquids over 100ml in hand baggage are being quickly reintroduced at some regional airports within the UK.

The change will apply from 00:01 BST on Sunday 9 June 2024 and can have an effect on passengers at Newcastle, Leeds Bradford, London City, Aberdeen, Southend and Teesside airports.

All of the airports affected have Next Generation Security Checkpoints (NGSC) in full operation.

The Department for Transport says the transfer will “enable further improvements to be made to the new checkpoint systems” and isn’t in response to a particular menace.

A spokesperson from the DfT advised the BBC that it was unclear how lengthy the rule could be in place for, however that it was a short lived measure.

A Newcastle International Airport spokesperson stated that passengers ought to pack “all non-essential liquids in their hold baggage” and that the airport was working to “keep disruption to a minimum”.

Restrictions are already in place at London Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchesterafter a deadline for new scanners was extended.

Birmingham Airport told the BBC that it was still operating the 100ml limit because it is waiting for regulatory approval for a type of machine it has in place.

The government originally told all UK airports to upgrade to the new scanners by 2022, but the deadline was later moved to 1 June 2024. Major airports were subsequently allowed to miss the 1 June roll-out date.

Some smaller airports had already met the deadline and removed the 100ml rule.

Airports had to apply individually for extensions, which could mean passengers may have to deal with the restrictions until June 2025.

The DfT previously said that the Civil Aviation Authority would impose financial penalties on airports that kept missing deadlines.

Back in January, consumer group Which? warned that extending the restrictions could cause confusion during the summer holidays.

The rules requiring liquids to be taken through security, in containers of 100ml or less in a clear plastic bag, were introduced in 2006 after a plot to bomb a transatlantic flight was foiled.

The new scanners use CT X-ray technology to provide 3D images, so items can be left inside bags and liquids up to two litres will be permitted.

Airports have been hit by supply chain issues and faced major construction work to install the scanners.

The X-ray machines, just like CT scanners utilized in hospitals, are very heavy and in some situations, flooring will should be strengthened.