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US relaxes airline liquid ban

Some liquids and toiletries now allowed on board


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US authorities have relaxed the total ban on carrying liquids and gels on to aircraft flying from the States.

Passengers will be allowed to take liquids and gels on board as long as they’re bought from US airport stores after the security checkpoint, or are travel-size toiletries.

But despite the easing of American restrictions, passengers flying to the US from the UK will still be banned from carrying any liquids in their hand luggage.

Passengers leaving UK airports for non-USA destinations are allowed to take items such as toothpaste and perfume in carry-on luggage as long as they’re bought after the security checkpoint. But those bound for the US can’t take liquids on board even if they’ve bought them at ‘airside’ shops.

Liquids and toiletries

American officials say that a total ban on liquids – introduced following the foiling of an alleged terrorist plot to bomb jets flying to the US – is no longer needed.

From now on, after you clear an airport security checkpoint, you can buy liquids at airport stores and take them on your flight.

New procedures were also announced for toiletries and products such as lip gloss and hand lotion that passengers bring to the airport.

Under the previous ban, these were confiscated at security checkpoints. Now, they’re allowed but will be limited to 85g and must fit in a clear, 1 litre-size plastic bag. The bags will be screened.

Last week the British government relaxed restrictions on hand luggage imposed in the wake of August’s alleged bomb plot.

British liquid ban

Passengers can now take larger bags on to planes as long as they’re no bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (about 22in x 18in x 10in) – about the size of a small suitcase.

However, the ban on all but non-essential liquids will remain and passengers will still be restricted to just one carry-on bag.

The liquid ban means that only essential medicines in liquid form deemed essential for the flight – such as a kit for a diabetic person or baby milk and liquid baby food that has been tasted by the passenger – will be allowed on board.

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