Bristol Airport major hand luggage rules changes confirmed

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Bristol Airport is set to undergo a significant change in its hand luggage rules following an £11.5 million investment in cutting-edge security scanners. This means that passengers will soon be able to carry items currently prohibited in their hand luggage.

From 14 June 2024, travellers flying from Bristol Airport will be able to keep mobile phones, laptops and liquids in their hand luggage, thanks to the new technology and streamlined processes.

The updated regulations mean that passengers won't have to restrict toiletries and liquids to 100ml bottles anymore and can leave laptops, tablets and mobile phones in their hand luggage during security screening. However, due to regulatory approval beyond the airport's control, only liquids up to 330ml can be carried.

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The new security measures include keeping all items, including liquids up to 330ml, in hand luggage bags, leaving mobile phones, electrical items and laptops in bags, emptying pockets into bags, and emptying the contents of metal water bottles.

But this massive security upgrade isn't the only change Bristol Airport is making to enhance passenger experience. The airport is also investing over £400m in a new public transport interchange, additional multi-storey car park, new retail and catering areas and other customer improvements, reports Bristol Live.

Graeme Gamble, chief operating officer at Bristol Airport, expressed his enthusiasm about the security enhancements: "We are delighted all customers travelling from Bristol Airport will benefit from state-of-the-art technology being introduced at security. The new equipment will reduce customer stress and inconvenience as the need for 100ml liquids to be placed in clear, plastic bags and removed from hand baggage will no longer be required."

He further explained the benefits of the upgrade: "The new process delivers a much more customer friendly security operation using the latest technology and providing enhanced screening, allowing customers to keep personal items in their hand luggage."

Detailing the investment, he added: "We've invested over £11.5m in the security equipment enhancements, and as with all complex and large-scale projects in a 24 hours, 7 day a week operation, we needed to have a phased approach to the introduction of the new equipment and processes. However, customers should be reminded there are no immediate changes to the rules governing what can be taken through security as a result of this initiative, and the current hand luggage restrictions remain in place until 14 June 2024."

For those who prefer expedited service, Gamble noted: "For customers who have booked Fast Track security, from 14 June until 31 July we are upgrading the Fast Track security channels. Bookings will be unaffected, and the Fast Track Security priority service will operate through a dedicated lane in the Central Search area."

"Customers will easily be able to identify the Fast Track lane through the additional signage and the security team will be on hand to assist. Customers are reminded that whilst the UK has introduced the new security regulations on their return from destination airports customers are advised to check the requirements of their departing airport, as these regulations may differ from the UK."