Birmingham Airport makes major liquids change as passengers face another morning of outdoor queues

Queues seen at Birmingham Airport in May
-Credit: (Image: Charlotte Deakin)


Birmingham Airport introduced new 'liquid check stations' at the airport today, Sunday, June 9 after a rule limiting passengers to 100ml in hand luggage was reintroduced at UK airports. Liquids, pastes and gels were restricted to that measurement from today in a move described as a "temporary measure" by transport secretary Mark Harper.

The stations are based at all entrances to the terminal to help passengers meet the rules before they reach security, even though only six smaller airports were directly affected by the change. Birmingham has abided by the 100ml restriction since March despite its new security area - designed to deal with larger amounts - opening last month.

The detail emerged in a new statement from the airport today after passengers who arrived in the early hours faced queues outside to clear security. Travellers catching morning flights have faced the same problem for a number of months, leading to questions about why clearing security seems to be so much worse at Birmingham.

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The airport said yesterday it was "imperative" that passengers followed the 100ml rule and said issues with those who were caught out by the restriction added 20 minutes to the wait for every traveller. Today, Birmingham Airport said: “Following the Government ruling effective June 9, the 100ml temporary rule is now enforced across all UK airports.

"Our new security area was designed, and resourced, to accommodate the increase to two litres being carried in cabin baggage, this currently cannot be operated with the temporary restriction.

"In order to have full compliance to this new directive we have further amended our operating process. We now have 'liquid check stations' at all entrances to the terminal where colleagues are directly assisting passengers to ensure liquids containers over 100ml are removed.

"With these additional checks we have seen a large proportion of customers still arriving with liquids over 100ml in their bags and these have to be regrettably removed and disposed of. Containers that can carry more than a 100ml are permitted but, need to be completely empty.

"Our security flow rate has been continuous today, helped by these extra checks and we welcome and appreciate the co-operation of our passengers in eliminating oversize liquids from their cabin baggage. The outdoor queues seen today are from 'liquid check stations'.

"Since our new security area opened in May, we have seen continuous non-compliant bags coming through security causing unnecessary queues and delays to customers’ journeys. This new step in the process is to remove the issue before customers proceed.

"It is now, more than ever, imperative that customers abide by the 100ml rule. This additional layer of control risks slowing down the security process without the support of passengers."