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Why it could take airports extra year to lift liquids ban

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Restrictions have been in place since 2006 (Picture: Shutterstock/Monkey Business Images)

Say goodbye to cramming as many tiny shampoo bottles, deodorant cans and sun lotion tubes as you can into equally tiny plastic bags.

Well, at some airports.

A Department for Transport source told the BBC that London Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester airports are all expected to miss the June 1 deadline,

This will likely spark confusion as airports such as Birmingham and Luton are set to relax their rules, meaning some airports will have the 100ml liquid rule and others won’t.

For almost two decades, airport passengers have only been allowed to have liquid containers of no more than 100ml in their hand luggage.

And that’s only after packing them in a small, clear plastic bag before going through airport security.

Heathrow, one of the UK’s busiest airports, is unlikely to scrap the 100ml liquids limit for June (Picture: Maureen McLean/Shutterstock)

However, the government has given airports until June to scrap the limit by installing new scanners that provide 3D images of the contents of a passenger’s bag.

This would also mean passengers no longer have to take out big electronics, like laptops or tablets, out of their carry-on bags.

The insider said the delays are for ‘genuine’ reasons, with problems including supply-chain issues in making the new technology and renovations to security halls.

When could the airport liquid ban be lifted completely?

Each airport can apply for a year-long extension to the June 1 deadline. Though, the Civil Aviation Authority can fine airports that keep missing it.

Airports were initially told to get the new screeners up and running by 2022, but officials extended the deadline due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The systems use X-rays to peak into people’s bags and use ‘highly advanced threat detection algorithms’ to detect anything that might be a threat.

Rules on taking electronics through airport security will also be relaxed (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

This will replace restrictions on hand luggage first introduced in 2006 after the police foiled a terrorist plot which would have used liquid in bottles

Government advice still states that there are restrictions on the amount of liquids you can take in your hand luggage.

‘Check the rules for liquids before you travel,’ the advice page states.

A spokesperson for the Manchester Airports Group, which owns Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports, said it is making ‘good progress’ on introducing the new screening equipment.

‘This is a complex programme of work requiring the expansion of terminal facilities, while at the same time maintaining operations during construction,’ they added in a statement to Metro.co.uk.

‘We are currently rolling out the new technology lane-by-lane at Manchester and London Stansted airports, with several new lanes already in operation. Work is also underway on major construction projects at both Manchester and East Midlands airports to expand the size of the terminals to accommodate the new equipment.

‘This will see the new scanners in place on a large number of our security lanes by June 2024, with the full completion of the programme expected the following year.’

Heathrow and Gatwick airports have been approached for comment.

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