The UK Government has announced changes to airport security rules, which have been restricting the number of liquids allowed on aircraft.
The UK has now mandated all the major airports across the country to install advanced technologies at their security checkpoints by June 2024.
With this move, the government aims to end the 100ml rule on liquids at large airports and will allow passengers to leave liquids and large electrical items in cabin luggage as they go through security.
Currently, all passengers are required to remove tablets, laptops and liquids from their cabin baggage, while liquids are limited to 100ml.
To this end, the government will be laying new legislation to help streamline the processes applicable to UK airports in the future.
UK Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “The tiny toiletry has become a staple of airport security checkpoints, but that’s all set to change. I’m streamlining cabin bag rules at airports while enhancing security.
“By 2024, major airports across the UK will have the latest security tech installed, reducing queuing times, improving the passenger experience, and most importantly, detecting potential threats.
“Of course, this won’t happen straight away – this is going to take two years to be fully implemented. Until then, passengers must continue following the existing rules and check before travelling.”
The new rules will come into effect in June 2024, and until then, the existing rules will continue to apply.
The Airport Operators Association policy director Christopher Snelling said: “ This investment in next-generation security by the UK’s airport operators will provide a great step forward for UK air travel, matching the best in class around the world.
“It will make the journey through the UK’s airports easier and air travel itself more pleasant.”