After 2013 passengers will no longer have to hand over expensive bottles of perfume or aftershave at airport security as the ban on liquids is due to be lifted. The European Union will end current restrictions on liquids in passengers' hand luggage by April 2013. New screening equipment capable of detecting liquids will have to be installed by the deadline, the EU executive announced.
The ban on liquids in containers larger than 100ml came into force in Europe 2006 after British police uncovered an al-Qaeda plot to blow up transatlantic airliners bound for North America using bombs made from liquid explosives. Three Britons were jailed for life in September 2009 for their plan to destroy at least seven aircraft using explosives hidden in soft-drink bottles.
"By 29 April 2013 at the latest, all liquids will be allowed in cabin baggage and will be screened," the European Commission said in a statement. As a preliminary step from April 2011, bottles of duty-free drinks and perfumes bought at third country airports or onboard third country airlines will be allowed if they are carried in tamper-proof bags and screened.

Another two years seems like quite a wait, but apparently that is due to the high cost of technology. "The ban was always meant to be temporary but scanning technology is expensive and has been slow to develop," a Commission spokeswoman said.

source: UBM

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