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Scanners will end plane ban on liquids

Restrictions on passengers taking liquids on planes could be lifted within a year in Europe after ministers approved a new generation of airport scanners.

The devices should be installed at every airport across the EU by the end of next April.

Although passengers will still have to remove bottles from their cabin luggage for inspection, they will no longer be banned from carrying containers of fluid exceeding 100ml.

This means that travellers will no longer face the frustration of having expensive toiletries confiscated at security gates. They should also be allowed to carry their own water bottles through security.

A ban on taking liquids through airport security was introduced in August 2006 after a terrorist plot to down transatlantic aircraft, by mixing the liquid components of a bomb on board, was thwarted.



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Although it was eased to allow passengers to take liquids in containers up to 100ml through security, the restrictions caused huge inconvenience.

According to Stansted Airport, near London, its security staff confiscate enough liquids to fill 20 household waste bins a day.

It had been hoped that the ban would be lifted across the EU last year.

But those plans were scrapped following representations from some governments suggesting the screening equipment was not adequate.

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