U.K. Airports Are Dropping Their Bans on Liquids in Carry-On Bags

Thanks to updated screening technology, strict liquid limits will soon be a thing of the past in the UK.

Packing tiny travel-size bottles of all your necessary toiletries can be such a pain, especially when you have a seven-step skincare routine to stay on top of.

If you're planning to fly out of any UK-based airport in 2024, this won't be a problem. You'll be able to pack as many skincare products as you need. That's because the British government announced a change in policy that will eliminate the need for passengers to remove liquids, gels, aerosols, and electronics from their carry-on bags when passing through security.

The updated regulation is already starting to roll out in a couple of places. Earlier in March, one small UK airport became the first one in the country to ditch the 3-ounce liquids rule for carry-on luggage. Teesside International Airport announced last month that it will now allow passengers to carry up to 2 liters (you could bring a giant Pepsi!) in their carry-on bag, and travelers won't even need to pull them out to get them separately screened thanks to the airport's new C3 scanners.

London's City Airport is now part of the trend, too. Just as promised, the airport officially just scrapped its own liquid limit in time for Easter holiday travel, The Independent reports.

Soon, many other UK hubs will follow, as the UK government set a June 2024 deadline for airports to install the new CT scanners which are similar to the CT scanners in hospitals. Once the current requirement is phased out, the current 100ml liquid container limit will be extended to 2 liters for all airports. The change in policy and updated technology will hopefully lead to fewer delays and shorter security queue times.

Thanks to the scanners' cutting-edge technology, going through security will soon be much more of a seamless process in UK airports. This computerized tomography equipment will provide a detailed interior view of a bag's contents. London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports have already invested in said technology.

"The tiny toiletry has become a staple of airport security checkpoints, but that's all set to change," Transport Secretary Mark Harper told Lonely Planet. "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."

The latest change serves as more evidence that Europe is miles ahead of the US on flight efficiency. Last year, the European Commission announced it would do away with cellular airplane mode requirements for take-off and landing, which will open the door to in-flight phone calls on flights within the European Union.

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