13 DECEMBER 2010
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UK Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed that the ban on liquids being carried in hand luggage onto aircraft is to go. In April 2011 aerosols, gels and liquids in containers larger than 100ml will be allowed to be carried in the cabin. The change in policy is in line with the EU member states also removing the small container rule at the same time.
Besides the worry of what one can carry, and cannot, another advantage for the traveller is the likelihood of the so-called ‘duty free’ prices coming down. The airport shops at the present time have the market to themselves. With the removal of the regulations wine in particular can be purchased anywhere and taken through the airport.
Passengers travelling from outside the European Union will be able to carry duty-free liquid purchases on connecting flights throughout Europe, but the items still have to be put in clear plastic bags and be screened. http://eur-lex.europa.eu
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