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First Major UK Airport Set to Abandon 100ml Liquid Rule This Summer

Credits: Open Access Government

The tedious process of scrutinizing labels on shampoo bottles and debating whether hummus counts as a liquid could soon be a thing of the past for travelers passing through Birmingham City Airport.

From June 1, 2024, Birmingham Airport will become one of the first major British airports to abolish the restrictive 100ml rule for liquids in carry-on luggage, just in time for the summer holiday season.

This revolutionary change comes after the government mandated major airports to upgrade their screening equipment for carry-on bags to enhance security while expediting the screening process.

Birmingham Airport has invested significantly in advanced scanning technology, including X-ray scanners that generate 3D images of bag contents.

First Major UK Airport (Credits: Evening Standard)

With sophisticated threat detection algorithms, security officers can efficiently identify suspicious items, eliminating the need for passengers to adhere to the stringent 100ml liquid limit.

Nick Barton, CEO of Birmingham Airport, highlighted the airport’s substantial investment in a new security hall and scanning equipment, emphasizing the benefits passengers will experience, such as quicker and easier security screenings.

However, until the new measures take effect on June 1, existing security restrictions, including the removal of electronic devices during screening and the limitation of liquids to 100ml in resealable bags, will remain in place.

Birmingham Airport’s decision marks a significant milestone. It makes it the largest airport in the UK to relax carry-on luggage restrictions.

While other airports, such as London City Airport and Teesside Airport, have already implemented similar changes, major hubs like Heathrow, Gatwick, and Luton are still in the process of installing the advanced scanning technology and are unlikely to meet the June deadline.

First Major UK Airport (Credits: The Times)

The rule limiting liquids in carry-on luggage was introduced in 2006 after authorities foiled a terror plot involving liquid explosives disguised as soft drinks.

However, advancements in screening technology have rendered these stringent restrictions unnecessary, prompting the government to streamline cabin bag rules and enhance security measures.

Although the plan to allow liquid containers of up to two liters by 2024 faced delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government remains committed to improving the passenger experience while ensuring robust security protocols are in place.

Travelers are advised to check with their departure airport for guidance on liquid restrictions, as rules may vary depending on the airport’s screening capabilities.

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