100ml liquid rule at large UK airports to end by June 2024
Large electrical items can also remain in cabin luggage as they go through security
The rules around carrying liquids and large electrical items through airport security are set to change by 2024, with the installation of new technology at major UK airports.
This means greater convenience for travellers, who will no longer have to remove liquids and electricals from their bags at security. It will also enhance security, as staff get more detailed images of what people are carrying.
The UK Government introduced legislation on 15 December, making it easier to streamline the processes at UK airports in the future.
Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “The tiny toiletry has become a staple of airport security checkpoints, but that’s all set to change. I’m streamlining cabin bag rules at airports, while enhancing security.
“By 2024, major airports across the UK will have the latest security tech installed, reducing queueing times, improving the passenger experience, and most importantly detecting potential threats.
“Of course, this won’t happen straight away – this is going to take two years to be fully implemented. Until then, passengers must continue following the existing rules and check before travelling.”
Passengers are currently required to remove tablets, laptops and liquids from cabin bags, with liquids limited to 100ml and in a clear plastic bag. This requirement will be lifted, and the 100ml liquid container unit extended to two litres.
UK airports have until June 2024 to upgrade screening equipment and processes.
Passengers are also advised to check the rules for carrying liquids at any airports through which they may transfer during their journey, and at their return airport, before travelling.
Reducing security queues at UK airports is a key issue, as delays have caused passengers to miss flights.