Travellers left frustrated as Government liquid restriction returns to Newcastle Airport this weekend

Newcastle International Airport
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Travellers at Newcastle International Airport have shared their frustration as the Government announced that 100ml restrictions on hand luggage liquids are to be re-introduced this weekend.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said that the temporary reimplementation was needed to improve the 'next generation security checkpoints' - and is in place across Newcastle, Teesside, Leeds/Bradford, Aberdeen, Southend and London City airports from midnight tonight.

A statement from the DfT, read: "From 0001 on Sunday 9th June 2024, 100ml restrictions on liquids will temporarily be reintroduced for passengers travelling from six regional airports where Next Generation Security Checkpoints (NGSC) are in full operation. This temporary move is to enable further improvements to be made to the new checkpoint systems and will only affect a small number of passengers.

"For most passengers, security measures will remain unchanged. Passengers should continue to check security requirements with their departure airport before travelling."

Newcastle Airport also took to X to share the news, writing: "The Government has implemented a restriction on liquids carried by passengers in their hand luggage, effective from midnight tonight (8 June). Liquids, gels or creams being carried in hand luggage MUST be in containers of up to 100ml and placed in a bag."

And travellers were quick to comment on the move, taking to social media to vent their frustrations. One wrote: "Why is this limited to only a handful of airports, and not nationally?" while another added: "What a joke how much was spent on the new system for it not to work."

A third questioned: "And how many up to 100ml bottles can you take within that bag? Not very clear," while a fourth said: "I thought the new scanners were supposed to remove this restriction?" Others, meanwhile, were unsure about limitations on baby formula.

Another asked: "What are the current rules on baby formula in hand luggage please? @NCLairport," while someone else echoed: "Hi, what’s the rules on ready made baby bottles - ie formula? Obv this would exceed 100ml. If able to take ready made how many are we allowed?"

The DfT has not said when this measure will be reversed. Transport secretary Mark Harper said: “It’s a temporary measure and we’ll set out when that can be reversed in due course.”