Edinburgh Airport confirms hand luggage rules to remain over summer holidays

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Edinburgh Airport, one of Scotland's busiest hubs, is bracing for an influx of travellers over the coming school summer holidays. However, it faced a crisis on Saturday when issues with baggage handling forced holidaymakers to queue outside for check-in.

As services returned to normal on Sunday, the airport confirmed that a much-anticipated change to its operations would not be implemented until after the summer rush. This refers to the significant alteration to hand luggage rules announced by the UK Government earlier this year.

The existing liquid restrictions, introduced in 2006 to deter terrorists or criminals from smuggling explosive liquids onto aircraft, limit passengers to carrying liquids no larger than 100ml in their hand luggage. Additionally, laptops and iPads must be removed during security checks.

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These rules were slated for revision in 2024, with new technology expected to be deployed at airports nationwide. However, due to slow adoption, the initial June deadline was postponed.

Now, Edinburgh Airport has confirmed that it is unlikely to relax these restrictions in time for the summer surge, reports the Scottish Daily Express.

One customer queried on social media when the airport would emulate Bristol Airport in "not having to take iPads out and no longer having to use the plastic bags for liquids? " He also proposed that the new regulations would render the check-in process "more efficient."

The airport explained: "Hi Bruce, We do have one of the scanners in operation and we will be rolling them out across the hall over the next few months but as it is an ongoing bit of work, that's why passengers should continue to follow the existing rules until all of them are installed."

New security scanners are in the process of being put into place, with completion expected by year-end. In a public announcement, they stated: "Please prepare for security as normal and continue to follow the 100ml liquid rules. New scanners are being installed at security however this is an ongoing process and the rules will not change this summer."

They reiterated that: "Liquids must be under 100ml and put in a clear bag, and large electricals like laptops need to go in the tray with nothing covering them."

The Department of Transport previously ruffled a few feathers amongst airports who had already implemented new checkpoint systems as they postponed the full rollout earlier this year in order to carry out "further improvements".