UK refuses to Lift Liquid Ban

An airport staff member demonstrates a liquid scanner at Schönefeld airport outside Berlin, April 27, 2011. German airports that handle transfer flights are putting new security regulations in place that allow passengers to bring duty-free liquids from non-EU countries onto their onward flights. Liquid scanners will test such items for possible dangerous content. (REUTERS/Thomas Peter)


An airport staff member demonstrates a liquid scanner at Schönefeld airport outside Berlin, April 27, 2011. German airports that handle transfer flights are putting new security regulations in place that allow passengers to bring duty-free liquids from non-EU countries onto their onward flights. Liquid scanners will test such items for possible dangerous content. (REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

DESPITE AN EU directive calling for the relaxation of a hand luggage liquid ban, the UK government has decided to block the move. An action that analysts believe may cause chaos at airports across the continent. From April 29, transfer passengers on long-haul flights from outside the EU carrying Duty Free in sealed bags are exempt from the 100ml maximum liquids restrictions that are currently in force.
However, the UK’s transport secretary, Philip Hammond has announced that the restriction on Duty Free will not be lifted in the UK. “The EU regulation will still come into force but, because of current security conditions, we are imposing stricter measures that mean, effectively, there will be no change,” a government source said.