Latest airport hand luggage rules explained after government turnaround

The government has suddenly changed the rules on the amount of liquids passengers can carry in their hand luggage at UK airports.

The recent directive means that all passengers departing the UK can only carry 100ml of liquids, pastes and gels in their hand luggage until further notice. However, it is not known how long this rule will apply.

The announcement comes after some airports were given the green light to allow passengers to carry up to two liters of liquids in their hand luggage after installing new CT scanners.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that this will impact passengers departing from Aberdeen, London City, Newcastle, Leeds Bradford, Southend and Teesside airports. This is because these are the only airports that installed scanners before the previous deadline of June 1.

So what rules currently apply to hand luggage in the UK? Here’s what you need to know.

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Why did the plot twist happen?

Liquid limits of 100 ml will be temporarily reintroduced for passengers traveling from six regional airports(Photo: Getty)

According to the Mirror, a DfT spokesperson said: “From 01:00 on Sunday 9 June 2024, 100ml liquid restrictions will be temporarily reintroduced for passengers traveling from six regional airports where Next Generation Security Checkpoints (NGSCs) operate.

“This temporary move is to enable further improvements to the new checkpoint systems and will only affect a small number of passengers. Security measures will remain unchanged for most passengers.”