Airport liquid rules change as new scanners installed at UK airports including Southend

Rules around taking liquids and laptops through airport security will be eased from June 2024
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Visitors to Southend Airport will now be able to fly with more liquid in their hand luggage after new rules came into force on Saturday (June 1). The Essex airport is among just a small number of airports to have the changed rules after others were unable to meet the Government's deadline.

The installation of new scanners at Southend Airport means security is provided with more detailed images, meaning passengers can be allowed to pass through airport security with containers holding up to two litres of liquid in their hand luggage. The new scanners also end the need for laptops and tablets to be removed from hand luggage.

Airport security restrictions for liquids were introduced in 2006 following a foiled terror plot to blow up planes flying from London to the US with homemade liquid bombs. Travellers failing to adhere to them is one of the biggest causes of delays at airport security checks.

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Now, the changed rules should make security checks a smoother process at Southend Airport. Visitors to Stansted Airport, however, are still only allowed a maximum of 100ml of liquid in their hand luggage.

A spokesperson for London Southend Airport said: "No more plastic bags! Passengers are allowed to carry up to 2 litres of liquids in their cabin baggage, thanks to our CT security scanners. Aerosols larger than 500ml are not permitted in either hand or hold baggage.

"Please be aware that any liquids in your cabin baggage can be subjected to testing. Metal containers and flasks need to be emptied before you enter the security screening area. But! Not to worry – you can refill after security at a nearby water fountain, or at any of our food and drink outlets.

"Remember, many airports around the world have not introduced this new technology, so you are likely to still require your 1-litre clear plastic bag and liquids in containers not exceeding 100ml when returning from your destination. The full restrictions are available to read on the website, which apply to everyone departing from airports in the UK, no matter where they’re flying to."

The change on liquid rules is the latest significant announcement for Southend Airport. Last month it was announced that popular airline EasyJet would be creating 130 new jobs with a new base at the airport, allowing for new flights to Pisa, Gran Canaria, Dalaman and Antalya, Marrakech and Enfidha in Tunisia.

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