Major UK airports set to phase out cash limit in hand luggage

Major UK airports are set to phase out a rule banning liquids exceeding 3.4 ounces (100ml) in hand luggage by 2024.

Passengers will also no longer be required to remove their electronic devices, including laptops, from their baggage.

The Times of London was the first to report the news.

New CT scanners using 3D technology are due to be installed at major UK airports by summer 2024, which would help ease the rules.

The move is expected to reduce waiting times at airports and also reduce the use of plastic since passengers will no longer have to separate their liquids into a litre-sized bag.

In the United States, passengers who have registered for TSA preclearance go through an expedited screening process and do not need to remove their shoes, laptops and liquids from their luggage. They are still required to respect the liquid limit.

The US Transportation Security Administration has already purchased 300 CT scanners and plans to add more than 1,230 to its inventory, according to The Washington Post. But while US airports roll out the technology, the boundary around liquids will likely remain in place given the lengthy process it would take to determine if they contain explosives.

Currently, only certain passengers have an exception for bringing liquids over the normal limit. These oversized containers of liquid, however, must undergo additional screening, with officers placing them in an explosives detection device. Doing this for every passenger would increase wait times.

The cash limit rule was introduced in 2006 after authorities successfully stopped a planned al-Qaeda attack that aimed to target seven planes departing Heathrow Airport for North America with explosives liquids disguised as soft drinks.

Following the revelations, UK airlines have banned passengers from bringing almost all hand luggage onto the plane, except for their passports and wallets. While the rules were later relaxed, the liquid size limit remained.


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