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UK passengers’ confusion as 100ml liquids rule re-introduced

UK passengers' confusion as 100ml liquids rule re-introduced
UK transport secretary Mark Harper has advised passengers to check airport websites for specific rules before travelling (Image credit: @kalafoto/Adobe Stock)

The UK’s re-introduction of the 100ml liquids rule is causing confusion for passengers across the country.

New rules came into place at six regional UK airports this month after they upgraded their security scanners to Next Generation Security Checkpoints (NGSC), which are aimed at relaxing the rules around passengers travelling with liquids in their hand luggage.

But the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) re-introduced the restrictions across the country to “enable further improvements to be made at the new checkpoint systems”.

The six airports that have upgraded their systems have also been affected by the re-introduction of the rules – they include Newcastle, Leeds/Bradford, London City, Aberdeen, Southend and Teeside airports.

UK transport secretary Mark Harper has advised passengers to check airport websites for specific rules before travelling.

He said: “For most passengers actually the rules haven’t changed at all yet.”

The DfT confirmed that the rule reversal is a routine measure and is not in response to a specific threat.

The Daily Mail reported long queues at Birmingham Airport yesterday as a result of passengers’ confusion over the 100ml liquids rule.

But most UK airports have not upgraded to the new scanners yet, meaning they were never affected by the changes.

Now, all airports are adhering to the original rules despite media outlets reporting differently the airports affected.

The rollout of the new NGSC scanners means passengers will eventually be allowed to carry up to two litres of liquids in any bottle size in their hand luggage.

The rules were originally introduced 18 years ago after a failed terror plot.

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