Liquid restrictions reintroduced at six UK airports

By Lisa James
10/06/2024
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The Department for Transport has said the reintroduction of the 100ml liquid rule in hand baggage is a ‘temporary’ measure, although it has not said how long the revised rule will be in place.

The change was brought in at 00:01 BST on Sunday 9 June at Newcastle, Leeds Bradford, London City, Aberdeen, Southend and Teesside airports, which have all installed new security scanners, and had removed the 100ml rule.

Most UK airports still have the 100ml liquid restriction in place as they have yet to install new scanners.

The DfT hasn’t updated its website with the revised rules, but gave the following statement to Travel Gossip: “From 00:01 on Sunday 9th June 2024, 100ml restrictions on liquids will temporarily be reintroduced for passengers travelling from six regional airports where Next Generation Security Checkpoints (NGSC) are in full operation.

“This temporary move is to enable further improvements to be made to the new checkpoint systems and will only affect a small number of passengers. For most passengers, security measures will remain unchanged.

“Passengers should continue to check security requirements with their departure airport before travelling.”

Leeds Bradford Airport has told passengers containers of up to 100ml can be carried through security in hand baggage and do not need to be placed in plastic bags. The airport added: “There is no specified limit to the number of 100ml liquid containers that may be carried.

“Existing exceptions for prescription medicines and baby formula in containers greater than 100ml will continue to apply, these items must be removed from bags and screened separately.”

It’s unclear why the 100ml liquid rule has been reintroduced or how long it will remain in place for.

When asked, a spokesperson for the DfT told Travel Gossip the department ‘would not be giving a running commentary’.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper told BBC News: “For most passengers actually the rules haven’t changed at all yet, and won’t therefore change tonight.

“It’s a temporary measure and we’ll set out when that can be reversed in due course.”

Birmingham Airport, which became the first major UK airport to complete the installation of new security scanners at the end of last month, is not on the list because it had already warned passengers that the 100ml hand-luggage restrictions remained for the time being.

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