UK confirms new air security rules

Britain’s Department for Transport has confirmed that passengers will be able to take liquids through airport security checkpoints from November 6.

However, all liquids – including drinks, soups, syrups, creams, oils, perfumes, gels, shaving foam, deodorants, toothpaste, mascara and lip salve – must be sealed in individual containers up to a maximum capacity of 100 millilitres each and the containers must then be placed in one transparent, re-sealable plastic bag (up to one litre capacity per passenger).

The change is the fifth made to the rules on cabin baggage since the August 10, terrorist scare at Heathrow airport. It applies to passengers departing from any airport within the EU or in Norway, Iceland or Switzerland, regardless of their destination.

To help security staff, travellers must present all liquids at security checkpoints for examination. They must also take off their jackets and remove laptops and other large electronic devices from their bags. These will be screened separately. Passengers are still only permitted to carry one item of hand baggage, not exceeding 55cm x 45cm x 25cm (22in x 17.5in x 9.85in).