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Britain easing hand baggage rules with new EU regime

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Britain easing hand baggage rules with new EU regime


With Europe’s airports bracing for a new security regime, Britain has agreed to partly lift its ban on liquids in hand luggage on flights from next week.

Under the changes, airport operator BAA said passengers will be allowed to carry a limited amount of some liquids and pastes.

Heathrow Airport Chief Executive Tony Douglas:

“This is a piece of European-wide legislation. People probably know that post-August the 10th the UK was the only country in which airports had applied these safety standards. This will go live across the whole of Europe as from Monday morning. But it is clear that what people have tried to do here in legislation terms is to provide some degree of flexibility for travellers.”

The rules say liquids must be in containers of 100 ml or less, then placed in one transparent plastic bag.

Police in August said they foiled a plot to blow up airliners using liquid explosives.

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