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Drinks all round. Easing the rules on duty free

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Drinks all round. Easing the rules on duty free


New moves have been launched to ease the rules concerning duty free drinks. At the moment, passengers flying into Europe must hand over duty free bottles bought abroad. It’s all part of the heightened security fears over liquids in hand baggage. Commission spokesman Michele Cercone said: “Our experts will be on hand on behalf of member states to check if the measures in the third country are safe enough and secure enough, and if the supply chain in the airport shop is what we consider safe and secure. Then, at this point we will evaluate if those measures are at the same level as those in the EU airports”. So, from now on, if the EU accepts airport duty free security levels where the bottle was bought are as strict as in Europe, you will be allowed to keep his purchase. The first rulings are expected in the autumn.

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