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2013 end for airport liquids limit
December 27th, 2010 by jason

The airport ban on drinks and cosmetics in containers over 100ml is to remain until April 2013, though rules on duty free purchases by transit passengers will be eased in April 2011.

Liquids purchased in departure areas of EU airports are already allowed onto flights, as are duty free purchases made in a few countries, including the US or Canada.

The 100ml limit was introduced in August 2006 after terrorists smuggled liquid explosives onto a flight in soft drink bottles, though the resulting device failed to explode. Heathrow airport alone has been confiscating 2,000 tonnes of liquids every year, to the intense irritation of passengers.

The delay until 2013 is to allow time for more effective hand luggage scanning devices to be developed and installed in all EU airports.


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