People flying within Europe will soon face stringent controls over what and how much can be taken on board flights. The European Commission has backed new security rules that will restrict the amount of liquids passengers may carry as well as the size of their hand-luggage.
Passenger will only be allowed to carry a maximum of 100ml in containers carried in re-sealable bags. It comes after British authorities said in August that they had foiled a plot to bomb flights to the United States using liquid explosives. The EU Transport Commissioner, Jacques Barrot, says the regulations, due to come into force early next month, will help unify and close a gap in Europe’s defences.
The new rules will allow people to carry on toiletry items such as toothpaste, contact lens solution and perfume but not large drink containers, except those bought after security checks. New limits for hand luggage will come into force in six months with exemptions possible for items such as musical instruments and cameras.