Holidaymakers leaving UK airports will no longer have to limit their liquids for security from 2024.
The rule change was rumoured earlier this week, although nothing official had been released. However today, the government confirmed that airports will be installing new technology and the 100ml rule will be scrapped.
Meaning your journey through the airport is about to get a lot less stressful.
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You’ll no longer have to rustle through your things for a clear bag or worry when it won’t close, not to mention the change couldn’t come soon enough as the EU announced a ban on hotels providing guests with small bottles of shampoo and soap to reduce waste this week.
Basically, you’ll need to bring your own shower products when flying around Europe.
When the new rules do come into force, you will be able to take the following in your hand luggage in significantly great quantities than now:
- all drinks, including water
- liquid or semi-liquid foods, for example soup, jam, honey and syrups
- cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lip gloss
- sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants
- pastes, including toothpaste
- gels, including hair and shower gel
- contact lens solution
- any other solutions and items of similar consistency
However, there are plenty of items which will remain banned, as they are under current rules.
They include corkscrews, knives, scissors longer than 6cm, non-safety matches, more than one lighter, fireworks and flares.
Unsurprisingly, the ban on sharp, long objects and explosives will remain in place.
Sports equipment such as heavy bats, golf clubs, darts, walking/hiking poles, caterpults, firearms, harpoons, spear guns and martial arts equipment will also continue to be banned.
Equally, there is a prohibition on work tools including chisels over 6cm in length, Stanley knives, drill bits, saws, screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, wrenches, blowguns, crowbars and nail guns.
Equally, oxidisers and organic peroxides – such as bleach and car body repair kits – acids and alkalis, corrosives or bleaching agents, self defence sprays, radioactive materials, poisons or toxic substances, biological hazards including infected blood, bacteria, viruses, and fire extinguishers are banned.
The following items are classified as ammunition and are also forbidden:
- blasting caps
- detonators and fuses
- imitation explosive devices (including replica or model guns)
- mines, grenades, and other explosive military stores
- fireworks and pyrotechnics
- smoke canisters
- smoke cartridges
- plastic explosives (including black powder and percussion caps)
- hand grenades
- gun cigarette lighters
When checking your liquids it's important to remember that certain foods are also considered a liquid – such as hummus, guacamole and other dips.
They do not count as liquids if they are part of a sandwich or wrap.
Baby milk and formula are not restricted to the same level as other liquids – you can already take more than 100ml of milk and sterilising fluid through security.
The liquids rule change will not come into force until 2024 so you still need to abide by the current luggage rules until then.
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