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Call for passengers to 'comply' with new liquid rules

Solihull Editorial 15th Jun, 2024   0

BIRMINGHAM Airport’s top boss is calling on passengers to ‘comply with the nationwide rule’ over the amount of liquids, pastes and gels in hand luggage.

This comes after a new Government Directive has been issued meaning all passengers leaving the UK can now only carry 100ml until further notice.

Nick Barton, chief executive at Birmingham Airport said: “It is now imperative that all customers comply with the nationwide rule to ensure a smoother and simpler transition through the airport. A non-compliant bag with liquids over 100ml can add up to 20 minutes to each passenger’s journey through security.

“All travelling customers should check their hand luggage to ensure it complies with this restriction.”

The airport says it has been complying with this rule for months due to an outstanding regulatory approval on its new screening machines but sees passengers flout the rule daily.

Mr Barton said: “The rules that we have been adhering to since March are now very clear in that only liquids, pastes and gels up to 100ml can be carried through in hand luggage.

“Since opening our new security area, and despite being one of the first UK airports to comply, we have been limited on the use of our multi-million-pound equipment due to an outstanding regulatory restriction meaning we had to limit liquids to 100ml. This rule has now been implemented nationwide.

“Despite the 100ml rule still being in place, we continually have non-compliant bags with liquids over the allowance which have led to inefficiencies of our equipment and resulted in extended queuing time for customers.”

In January 2022 a period of planning, procurement and construction, at a privately financed cost of £60million, to build a new security screening hall began.

The airport has created a state of the art security screening area with new screening machines which means passengers no longer need to remove liquids that are up to 100ml in size from their hand luggage or have them in separate liquid bags.

Electrical items can now also stay in a customer’s hand luggage, meaning an easier journey through security.


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