The Department for Transport has announced new rules regarding liquids in hand luggage, which will come into effect on Monday, November 6. Under the new laws passengers will be allowed to carry bottles of liquids of no more than 100ml, in a clear plastic bag no bigger than 1 litre capacity.
These measures will be implemented across the European Union, and are in keeping with those in America and Canada, where passengers are allowed 3oz bottles in a three quart size clear plastic bag. In recent months passengers have been allowed to take liquids into the UK and Europe from other countries, but haven”t been allowed to fly out with them.
Passengers must present the clear plastic bags separately from their other hand luggage when going through security. All other restrictions regarding size are to remain the same, and all hand luggage must fit inside one bag with dimensions no bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. Female passengers must fit their handbag inside the larger bag if travelling with two items of hand luggage.
The Association of European Airlines (AEA) general manager Francoise Humbert told ABTN: ”Alongside the Airports Council International (ACI), airports and other regulatory bodies, we have been in discussions with the European Commission regarding airport security ever since the foiled bombing in the UK on August 10 2007. As far as passing regulations go this has been agreed upon remarkably quickly, and at least now the regulation has been harmonised throughout the EU.”