Thursday, November 09, 2006

EU cabin baggage rules changed

Air passengers across Europe now must cope with restrictions similar to those in the U.S. regarding the types and amounts of liquids they may bring aboard airliners in their hand luggage.

The BBC reports:
Liquids are limited to 100ml per container and no more containers than would fit in a one-litre plastic bag.

The new EU-wide rules represent a relaxation of the anti-terror measures in the UK, but will represent a clampdown for many European countries.

The UK imposed curbs in August after police said they had foiled a plot to bring down as many as 10 planes.

The measures were not adopted uniformly elsewhere in the EU, with many travellers previously facing much stricter restrictions on carrying liquids out of the UK than they did on their return from an EU country.

Now passengers across the EU and in Switzerland, Norway and Iceland will be able to carry drinks and toiletries through airport security, but only in small amounts.


The new rules require the liquid containers containing items such as toothpaste, cosmetics and shaving foam be carried in a clear plastic, re-sealable bag that does not exceed 20cm x 20cm (8in x 8in).

At the airport security search, the plastic bag will need to be removed from the hand luggage and X-rayed separately.
Liquids such as perfumes, cosmetics and drinks that are bought in the departure areas of airports will be allowed on board.

Source: Rules on flight liquids changed - BBC News

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