EU to Lift Aviation Liquids Ban

4 May 2010 (Last Updated May 4th, 2010 18:30)

The EU is to lift current restrictions on carrying liquids in passengers' hand baggage before April 2013, in an effort to harmonise and simplify airport security screening procedures. Under the new updates from the EU framework for aviation security, all European airports will have to ins

The EU is to lift current restrictions on carrying liquids in passengers' hand baggage before April 2013, in an effort to harmonise and simplify airport security screening procedures.

Under the new updates from the EU framework for aviation security, all European airports will have to install new screening equipment at checkpoints by the deadline to detect liquid explosives.

Carrying of liquids such as syrups, creams, gels and pastes in containers larger than 100ml in hand luggage was banned in 2006 by the EU, the US and other countries.

The move came after UK authorities uncovered a plot to bomb a US-bound passenger plane using a liquid explosive.

Other proposed measures include eliminating double security checkpoints and establishing a single set of standards.

The measures will also ensure common minimum standards for security training for aviation security staff.