Rules limiting the amount of liquids allowed on planes and requiring electronics to be removed from carry-on luggage to keep them safe will change.
The government has set a June 2024 deadline for the UK’s major airports to install new security technology, which would render obsolete the rules for carrying liquids up to 100ml in containers and removing large electronics such as laptops and tablets from hand luggage. before proceeding to the scanner.
A spokeswoman said the new regulations set by the Transport Department removed parts of EU law on how new technologies and processes should be implemented, allowing them to be installed.
Until then, existing rules will remain in place.
Since the terrorist threat in 2006, liquids have been limited to 100ml in volume and must be packed in clear plastic bags. The rule is designed to discourage liquid explosives from being brought on board.
But this will no longer be a requirement and passengers will be able to bring up to 2 liters of liquids through security.
Transport Secretary Mark Harper said most major airports would roll out the technology within the next year.
“By 2024, the UK’s major airports will be installing the latest security technology, reducing queue times, improving the passenger experience and most importantly detecting potential threats,” he added.
The department warned customers to check return rules for liquids at any airport where they may travel or transit.
“Many destinations may not have implemented this new technology,” it said.
Try out the new 3D security scanner Already done at some airports.
The department said the trials demonstrated the effectiveness of the screening device.
It added that the new scanners use CT X-ray technology to provide 3D images of the contents of passengers’ luggage and deploy “highly advanced threat detection algorithms”.
They are already used at airports such as Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
In response to the announcement, the Association of Airport Operators (AOA) said: “This investment in next-generation security by UK airport operators will be a major step forward for UK air travel, on par with best-in-class levels globally.”
Christopher Snelling, policy director at the AOA, said: “This will make the journey through UK airports easier and air travel itself more enjoyable.”