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In 2024, the limits for liquids in hand luggage at airports could be abolished

Restrictions on liquids and laptops in carry-on luggage could reportedly be lifted within two years due to the introduction of new 3D scanners.

Since November 2006, passengers are only allowed to carry liquids in their hand luggage in clear plastic bags with a maximum capacity of 100 ml, which must be shown to security personnel.

But The Times reports that ministers have reviewed a trial started in 2017 at Heathrow Airport using 3D scanners already in use at US airports, which allow staff to magnify the contents of a bag and rotate the images for inspection.

The BBC added that security restrictions on liquids and laptops in carry-on baggage could be lifted from mid-2024.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye told The Times: “We’re rolling them out slowly.

“We have just started expanding the security area in Terminal 3, which will have more CT scanners and has a deadline of mid-2024 [Department for Transport].

“Until then, the normal experience of passengers will be that liquids remain in bags.”

The Times said those who don’t remove items from their bags or who travel with large bottles of liquid are the biggest contributors to airport security delays.

Boris Johnson announced plans for all major UK airports to roll out new 3D cabin baggage screening devices during his tenure as Prime Minister in 2019.

Government officials said at the time that the 100ml liquid limit might no longer apply once it was introduced.

The equipment was due to be rolled out over the next few years, with the Department for Transport requiring all major UK airports to have the technology by 1 December 2022.

However, that deadline has been impacted by the pandemic as passenger numbers have been impacted due to travel restrictions across much of the world.

Figures from the International Air Transport Association for September showed passenger traffic was down to just 73% of pre-Covid levels.

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