Birmingham Airport has provided an update on the restrictions for liquids in hand luggage, following the introduction of new scanning equipment.

Customers may now take an unlimited number of 100ml bottles in their hand luggage, which can be placed in luggage loose and do not need to be removed for security screening.

This is a change from the previous rule (still in place at many UK airports) which states that “containers must hold no more than 100ml containers and must be in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm”.

However the airport is still awaiting regulatory approval for customers to carry containers of liquids up to two litres in size in their hand luggage – part of the promise made by the Department for Transport when it announced the end to the “tiny toiletries” rule back in 2022.

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Birmingham Airport completed the installation of new generation scanners in time for the government’s original 1 June deadline (although that deadline has now been extended by up to a year), but work continues on the construction of the airport’s £60 million new security area.

The airport advises that “the queuing area for security may start on the ground floor”, and all customers travelling by train are required to head to the ground floor on arrival.

Commenting on the news Al Titterington, terminal operations director for Birmingham Airport, said:

“Once we receive the regulatory approval that will allow two litres to be carried as hand luggage through Birmingham Airport, we will then be able to transform the customer experience with this world class security screening equipment.

“In the meantime, customers are reminded that they can only carry up to 100ml in their hand luggage and certainly no bottles/cans of water, carbonated or soft drinks over 100ml.

“Plastic bags for liquids are not required, and electricals can stay in hand baggage too, no longer needing to be presented separately.”

London City Airport relaxed the liquids in hand luggage rules back in April last year, and other airports to do so recently include Aberdeen and Highlands and Islands Airports.

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