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Airports Are Planning To Axe Rule Banning Liquids Over 100ml In Hand Luggage

At Heathrow airport and Gatwick airports they are now trialling a brand new cutting edge technology that scans your hand luggage the new technology has already been used in hospitals to see inside of bodies called the (CT). Once your at security your hand luggage will go on a conveyer belt and then will be passed through advanced machines that will be fitted with the CT scanners to look inside your hand luggage. The scanners will then produce clear 3D images on screen that can be rotated 350-degrees and could also be zoomed in by airport staff, detection algorithms will call attention to any suspicious items that may warrant further inspection.

The new scanners are set to be rolled out by 2024 to all UK major airports. Under the new scanners liquids and laptops would no longer have to be removed from hand luggage making it easier and faster for passengers and staff. Rules on how much liquid a passenger can take abroad on planes will also be abolished to concede with the completed roll out. Currently the rules on travellers have to remove these items and place them on plastic trays which cause major delays.

John Holland-Kaye, the Chief Executive of Heathrow said: “We are 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.”

What Is The Current Rule For 100ml Liquids?

  • The main rule is that you are not allowed to take more than 100ml of restricted liquid into the cabin of the plane, those liquids should also be placed into individual 100ml containers.
  • Any liquid that is more than 100ml should be placed in your hold luggage.
  • The 100ml limit applies not just to the actual amount of liquid, but also the bottles or containers they are held in.

‘Liquids’ include:

  • Drinks
  • Paritaly or fully liquid foods
  • Toiletries and cosmetics
  • Sprays and aerosols
  • Gels
  • Contact lens solution
  • Any other soloutions/items of similiar consistency