- Liquid restrictions have been in place since 2006
- Regulations could be eased by April 2013
PUBLISHED: 06:11 EST, 7 April 2012 | UPDATED: 08:29 EST, 7 April 2012
Newly approved airport scanners will allow passengers to carry toiletries and bottles of liquid in their hand luggage within the next 12 months, transport bosses confirmed today.
A complete ban on carrying liquids over 100ml onto aircraft is still in place at airports, but the ruling could be changed by the end of next April after new devices were approved by the Department for Transport.
Airline passengers will still have to remove bottles from their hand luggage to be inspected, but will no longer be banned from carrying liquids in containers larger than 100ml.
The newly-tested and approved airport scanners will be installed at every airport in Britain and the EU by April 2013, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The move will ease the flying experience for passengers previously inconvenienced by lengthy inspections and having to hand over expensive toiletries.
Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond had previously hinted that regulations would be eased, after saying he sympathised with parents with young children who had to taste jars of baby food and drink to prove they were safe.
Initially a complete ban on liquids on aircraft was introduced in August 2006, after a terrorist bomb plot to create an explosive with liquids on board a plane was uncovered.
British police uncovered an al Qaeda plot to blow up transatlantic airliners bound for North America using bombs made from liquid explosives.
The new scanners have been tested at numerous airports as part of EU trials.
One of the scanners thought to have approved is the Insight 100, a device capable of scanning bottles for explosives in under 10 seconds.
A Department for Transport spokesperson confirmed devices had been approved, adding it was working with the EU to meet the April 29 deadline on lifting current restrictions.
Last year research revealed that over one in four of us have ‘smuggled’ liquids past airport security, either by accident, or entirely deliberately.
The survey, by flight comparison site Skyscanner, indicates that 28 per cent of travellers have attempted to carry liquids past airport checkpoints, despite the longstanding regulations.