Flight liquid ban to be relaxedSmall bottles of toiletries will be allowed

30 October 2006

 

A plane in the sky

The ban on carrying liquids on board flights in hand luggage is expected to be relaxed from the start of next week.

It’s been reported that from 6 November passengers will be allowed to carry small bottles of toiletries as long as they're in a clear, re-sealable plastic bag.

Stringent baggage restrictions were introduced at UK airports in August following an alleged plot to blow up planes.

Curbs relaxed

The curbs have been gradually relaxed and passengers leaving UK airports for countries other than the US have been allowed to take items such as toothpaste and perfume in carry-on luggage as long as they're bought after the security checkpoint.

The effect of the expected change would be that passengers could take such toiletries on board even if they'd brought them from home.

A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: ‘We expect to be able to announce further adjustments to the measures at UK airports The aim is to increase passenger convenience while maintaining full security.’

Europe-wide agreement

New, Europe-wide rules on liquids were agreed in Brussels at the beginning of the month. They ban containers that carry more than 100ml - so only small amounts of perfume or other toiletries are allowed.

Passengers will have to pack containers in plastic bags no more than one litre in capacity and present them at screening points. However, anyone flying to the US from the UK will still be banned from carrying any liquids in their hand luggage.