Major change to Bristol Airport hand luggage rules

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A major change is coming to Bristol Airport and its hand luggage rules following a security upgrade. A number of currently prohibited items will soon be allowed in hand luggage as Bristol Airport has splashed out £11.5 million on state-of-the-art security scanners.

Passengers will be allowed to keep mobile phones, laptops and liquids in their hand luggage. From June 14, 2024, all travellers flying from Bristol Airport will enjoy the benefits of this enhanced technology and streamlined processes.

The new rules mean that passengers won't have to limit toiletries and liquids to 100ml bottles 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 regulations 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.

The huge security upgrade is not the only change Bristol Airport is implementing to improve passenger experience. Bristol Airport is investing over £400m in a new public transport interchange, additional multi-storey car park, new retail and catering areas and other customer improvements.

Speaking of the security upgrade, Graeme Gamble, chief operating officer at Bristol Airport said: "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.

"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.

"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 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."

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