UK airport security rules on liquids and laptops to be relaxed

Airport security

The rules around taking liquids and large electrical items through airport security in the UK are set to change by 2024 thanks to new screening technology.

Under the current rules, passengers are required to remove tablets and laptops as well as liquids from their cabin baggage. Liquids — including sun cream, shampoo and toothpaste — are also limited to 100ml and must be in a clear plastic bag.

Over the next two years most major airports will introduce high-tech 3D scanners at checkpoints which show more detailed images of baggage.

As a result, passengers will be able to leave electrical items in their bags and the 100ml liquid limit will be increased to 2 litres.

This will mean greater convenience for travellers — as people will no longer need to spend time taking items out of their bags — and will also enhance passenger safety, as security staff will have more detailed images of what people are carrying.

“The tiny toiletry has become a staple of airport security checkpoints, but that’s all set to change,” said Transport Secretary Mark Harper.

“By 2024, major airports across the UK will have the latest security tech installed, reducing queuing times, improving the passenger experience, and most importantly detecting potential threats.”

This investment in next-generation security will provide “a great step forward” for UK air travel, said Christopher Snelling, policy director at the Airport Operators Association.

“It will make the journey through the UK’s airports easier and air travel itself more pleasant.”